1 August 2019
Gender Equality Network (GEN) launched the transformative women leaders in Myanmar society volume-2 and CEDAW book in Yangon, Thursday.
Gender Equality Network is actively working for the promotion of women rights and gender equality in Myanmar. It runs with 140 members from different societies.
GEN had published Volume-1 in 2017. In this volume-2, GEN proudly honors 20 successful women who are actively leading in different sectors in transformative ways.
Director, Gender Equality Network, May Sabai Phyu said “There were many smart women in the country and unfortunately they were not documented as heroes. Only 13% of Myanmar women are participated in parliament. This is small parentage in compared with other South East Asia nations. In our society, there are a lot of outstanding women. Why can’t they get to reach the goal especially at top level? That’s our question. So we will find out the answer soon as a report.”
This book will contribute to creating favorable environment for women and girls to utilize their capacities fully, one of honorable women said at the event.
Responsible person, Kachin National Social Development Foundation, Ting Ba Kiara said “We’d like to share women’s voices to all people especially to government departments through this book. The women participation does not a large extent to political roles, decision making and peace processes. We have to cooperate with the government for having gender equality in the future.”
Besides, GEN also introduced the CEDAW translating book in 8 ethnic languages and English language as well. The main point is to reach women in far-flung areas and get the knowledge on their rights and equality.
Sexuality education provider, Dr. Thet Su Htwe said “CEDAW is the part of government works for women development. I see a lot of positive impacts on CEDAW although I would like to say a little bit declines for the women participation in peace process. I believe it may be the effects of culture, tradition and customs.”
GEN also opened the coordination offices in Yangon, Mandalay, Myintkyina, Taunggyi, and Hpa-An as well as performs to take actions to end discrimination against women by establishing laws and policies to protect women including the principle of equality in constitutions and other national laws.
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