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Friday, August 30, 2019
Increasing female leaders in Myanmar
Across the world, people are making efforts to increase the number of women in government in order to reduce gender disparities and help ensure that the voices and concerns of women are heard. UNDP has been working in Myanmar since 2016 after a 2015...
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Trailblazers of local democracy and gender equality in Rakhine
Daw Saw Yee and Daw Ohn Shwe have many things in common, but until recently their paths had not crossed. Both in their 50s, their communities elected the two women as village tract administrators in January 2018 during the third local elections to...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Female representation in politics remains “strikingly low” in Myanmar
Female lawmakers, in a country where women make up 52 percent of the population, account for around 10pc of the overall MPs in both the national and regional legislatures. Forty-eight female lawmakers from the Union and regional parliaments gathered...
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
International IDEA's International Women's Day 2018 Series: A constitutional perspective to challenges and opportunities for women in Myanmar
By Annamari T. Salonen Women in Myanmar are facing many challenges as a result of traditional perceptions, institutional barriers, and societal norms. These challenges range from a lack of equal job opportunities, to difficulties participating in...
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
A Five Day Induction for Myanmar MPs
Based on a survey of Members of Parliament (MPs) from the Myanmar Hluttaw recognizing the need for more support and more opportunities to learn about the role and functions of the parliament, the Myanmar Hluttaw organized, with support from the...
Monday, November 16, 2015
Aung San Suu Kyi wins majority in Myanmar elections
It is official. The decades of military-rule dictatorship are over in Myanmar. The National League for Democracy (NLD), led by the iconic Aung San Suu Kyi, has triumphed with more than the minimum two-thirds it needs to choose a president for the...
Aung San Suu Kyi, the most well-known of Myanmar’s 28 women MPs. ©Reuters/S. Sukplang
Friday, February 13, 2015
IPU teams up with British MPs in empowering Myanmar's women politicians
  IPU will be part of a delegation led by the British Group IPU (BGIPU) to Myanmar on a project aimed at strengthening the political participation of women MPs in the Asian country and to promote a gender sensitive parliament. During training from 8...
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Aung San Suu Kyi: Advocate for the rights of women and girls
One of the world's most renowned human rights activists, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has dedicated much of her life to bringing democracy, dignity and human rights to Myanmar's citizens. She is a founding member and current Chairperson of the National...
Monday, February 10, 2014
Burma’s Government to Appoint a Second Woman Minister
Burma’s president is set to appoint Khin San Yi, formerly a deputy minister of planning and economic development, as the new education minister, bringing the number of woman ministers in the government to two. Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and...
Monday, January 13, 2014
First women military officers appointed to parliament in Myanmar
The first women officers appointed to join the military bloc in parliament since it convened nearly three years ago after the 2010 elections have been sworn in as members of the Pyithu Hluttaw. Lieutenant Colonels Soe Soe Myint and San Thida Khin...
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Lagarde, Suu Kyi head line-up at women’s forum in Rangoon
The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, which describes itself as the “world’s leading platform featuring women’s views and voices on major social and economic issues,” is hosting its inaugural conference in Rangoon on Friday and Saturday (6...
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Priorities set for women’s development in Myanmar
Authorities have determined the areas of concentration for the National Strategic Plan for the Advancement of Women (NSPAW) and have assigned relevant duties to participating organizations, Aung Tun Khaing, Deputy Director General of the Department...
Friday, September 20, 2013
DVB Debate: Should women lead?
In a country where one of the most well-known and respected political figures, Aung San Suu Kyi, wields great influence, many still regard a woman’s place to be in the home. “Women are prepared to lead, but the Myanmar parliament is still not ready...
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Suu Kyi calls for speedy change to Myanmar constitution
Myanmar needs to change its constitution as fast as possible to put the country firmly on the path to democracy, Nobel Peace Prize winner and leader of the country's democratic opposition Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday. Suu Kyi's National League...
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Aung San Suu Kyi Visits NDI’s New Parliamentary Research Center in Burma
On August 6, National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi visited NDI's new Parliamentary Resource Center (PRC) in the capital city of Naypyitaw. Although not yet officially open, the PRC is attracting the interest of MPs from many...
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Suu Kyi calls for greater political participation by women, Myanmar
Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi said April 15 that her country needs more women in politics to reverse the value system that produced decades of military rule in her native Myanmar. The Nobel laureate and head of the National League for Democracy...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Violence against women in politics
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Thursday, September 27, 2012
NDI: NDI, IRI Honor Aung San Suu Kyi
“Democracy is not perfect, but it is the best system so far,” said Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese activist, member of parliament and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate at a Sept. 19 dinner co-hosted by NDI and the International Republican Institute (IRI). “...