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On paper, women in Myanmar are equal to men, but in reality they face real discrimination. Less than ten percent  of seats in parliament are held by women and research by Oxfam shows that women encounter enormous barriers to taking on leadership roles. Oxfam works hard to ensure that the promotion of women’s rights is central to all of its programmes, but with partner Gender Development Initiative (GDI), Oxfam is building targeted leadership capacity of women to get involved in decision making at all levels – from local to national. Oxfam’s women in political leadership programme also aims for more women to gain control over their lives, and to do this, we are working with communities to raise awareness on women’s rights and tackle issues around gender discrimination. Oxfam's research and advocacy on gender equality is focused on generating evidence to suppot more progressive policies that will benefit women.

In 2016 Oxfam in Myanmar also launched a new programme to support local women's organisations and other CSOs with strong records on supporting women rights. This programme aims to ensure that local women's organisations that specifically support poor women in communities to understand and articulate their needs and rights are getting the support they need to operate.

Seine – Yaung Chi Thit
Seine – A Strong Woman Leader When Seine Le Le Hset grew up, her father insisted that he was the ”head” of the family and therefore entitled to make all the decisions – something that created a lot of tension between her parents, and even led to domestic abuse. Today Seine leads other women to...
Htun Hlaing - Yaung Chit Thit
Htun Hlaing – A Male Feminist Women in Myanmar face many challenges, including inequality in participation and decision making, discriminating social norms, sexual harassment and gender-based violence etc. Through a number of different programs Oxfam’s partner organization Y aung Chi Thit (Y CT )...
Panel Discussion about Gender Responsive Budgeting
Written by Poe Ei Phyu, Policy Advisor for Oxfam in Myanmar and Jasmine Burnley Director of Advocacy and Communications for Oxfam in Myanmar At the heart of a democratic relationship between citizens and the state lies an accountable system of public spending. A country’s budget can be the...
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