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Two New Policy Papers: Women's Participation In Peace And Security

19 May 2017

In order to increase women’s participation in Myanmar’s peace process, women’s organizations and networks, Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the Peace Process (AGIPP) introduced the two new policy papers on Women, Peace and Security in Myanmar, Thursday.

These two policy papers under the titled “Moving From Discrimination to Inclusion: Gender Perspectives on Political Dialogue Themes” and “International Standards Guiding Gender Inclusion in Myanmar’s Peace Process”.

Chair, Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the Peace Process (AGIPP), Kun Chan Nun: As we want to advocate our recommendations through the policy papers to all stakeholders and Ethnics Armed Organizations (EAOs) to increase women’s participation in Myanmar’s peace process and political process, these policy papers mainly describes the analysis, recommendations and voices from a diverse range of women from across the country as well as the international norms, standards and laws comprised of the Women, Peace and Security policy agenda. 

Currently, Myanmar’s political life has been seen a very low rate of women’s participation in the area of politics, the economy and peace-building.

Chair, Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the Peace Process (AGIPP), Kun Chan Nun : So, we really want to urge the government to honor its pledge for the increase of the number of women' participation as well as to set a 30% minimum for women’s participation in public and political process  while implementing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

In the meantime, the women’s participation in second Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong is estimated to be 13% and the increase of women' participation reaches nearly double compared to the first Union Peace Conference which had 7% of women's participation, according to the policy papers.