Women's Rights

This research, carried out by an independent consultant in support of Oxfam’s programming and influencing efforts, seeks to consider how specific policies and laws impact female smallholder farmers, especially in remote areas. It was developed to contribute to a larger body of advocacy aimed at...
A boat carrying a woman in the river.
Every year March 14, International Day of Action for Rivers is celebrated for the Dedication to Solidarity, when diverse communities around the world come together with one voice to say that our rivers matter. The theme for this year International Day of Action for Rivers focuses on Women, Water...
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 )...
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...
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...
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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