Women's Rights

A young women in Kachin state, doing household chore photo by: David Hempenstall/Oxfam
Women are less able to make their views heard in public decision-making processes in Myanmar. Therefore, budget priorities can fail to reflect their specific situations and priorities. This research looks specifically at what women understand and think about government budgets. It reveals that...
Photo by Kaung Htet/Oxfam
"So today, on International Women’s Day, we are saying no more murder, rape and beatings; no more being robbed of land; no more ignoring women’s role as peace-builders and –makers. We want an end to women doing most of the unpaid care work and being paid less than men for the...
Photo by Kaung Htet/Oxfam
Women across the globe are facing new threats which risk dismantling decades of hard-won rights and de-railing the effort to end extreme poverty, Oxfam warns today. Ahead of International Women’s Day next week, the international aid agency says that the renewal of the global gag rule...
Women garment workers in Hlaing Thar Yar Industrial Zon, are going back to home from work by factory's ferry. Photo by: Kaung Htet/ Oxfam
Rising economic inequality across Asia is threatening poverty reduction and slowing down the fight against gender inequality. Although the region has experienced economic growth, the bottom 70 percent have seen their income share fall while the share for the top 10 percent has increased rapidly...
Oxfam Staff and musicians standing together after the music concert, Photo by: Pyae Aye Nyein/Oxfam
Oxfam and partner, Women’s Organisations Network (WON) will host a national celebrity concert on International Women’s Day, 8 March to raise awareness on discrimination against women and barriers to women’s leadership. Celebrities will perform songs by competition winners who last...
Panel at the press conference. Famous song composer Mr. Myint Moe Aung is explaining about the song composing contest. Photo by: Oxfam
Oxfam and partner, Women’s Organisations Network (WON) are launching an exciting new project that will bring together famous musicians to inspire the creation of music that raises awareness on women’s rights, women’s leadership and the role for women in governance and politics...
Daw Myint Myint Kyi (aka) Ma Ma is smiling inside her house. Photo by: Yee Mon Oo/Oxfam
Author: Yee Mon Oo, Communications and Media Coordinator, Oxfam in Myanmar Myint Myint Kyi is fifty years old and lives in a small village called Kyone Kan along a creek of the Delta river, in Pyapon Township.Ayeyawaddy region. She is known to her friends as Ma Ma. The Delta is a wide river running...
A group of women are discussing about their concern for the village development, Photo by: Pan Ei Phway Phyu Sin/Oxfam
Despite the increased global visibility of women in politics, including at the highest levels, there is still a yawning gap in their level of political representation, compared with men. In October 2013 only one-fifth of all seats in national legislatures around the world were occupied by women,...
A woman with new born baby in Kachin IDP Camp where Oxfam works for humanitarian response. Photo by: Oxfam
A country’s budget can be a powerful lever for social transformation. A budget is the tool a government has to help it translate national resources into allocations which meet the needs and aspirations of its population, and set the country on a path to sustainable and equitable development...
Women garment workers in Hlaing Thar Yar Industrial Zone, going to the work, Photo by: Kaung Htet/Oxfam
This report presents the findings of research carried out by Oxfam in June and July 2015 on the wages and conditions of garment workers in Myanmar. Despite working six days a week and doing an average of 10.5 hours overtime each week, garment workers are not earning enough to adequately support...

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