Myanmar’s first post-coup People’s Assembly decides on 30 per cent women’s quota

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Myanmar’s first post-coup People’s Assembly decides on 30 per cent women’s quota

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Women make up over half of Myanmar’s population, yet significant obstacles remain for women to be able to participate in political processes and to achieve equal representation in Myanmar’s state institutions. Before the military coup on 1 February 2021, Myanmar’s 2020 general elections saw an increased number of women elected as members in legislatures (16 per cent) in comparison to the 2015 elections (13 per cent).

The post-coup uprising of Myanmar’s people in a massive civil disobedience movement (CDM), in which women made up 60 % of protestors, and women garment workers, union leaders, civil society organisations and human rights defenders working on women’s rights have taken a leading role, has created unique opportunities for Myanmar’s legitimate democratic actors - the National Unity Government (NUG), the Committee Representing the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) and the National Union Consultative Council (NUCC) - to work towards gender equality in Myanmar’s future institutions.

Click here to read the full article published by International IDEA on 3 March 2022.


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International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)