Myanmar’s national strategic plan for women advancement released

Oct 4, 2013

Nay Pyi Taw – The national strategic plan for women advancement released yesterday laying out a vision and commitment to empowering Myanmar women.

The 2013-2022 plan for the advancement of women outlines a comprehensive approach of the government of Myanmar to improving the situation of women and girls in the country. The plan identified the twelve priority areas to achieve gender equality which are fully aligned with two international treaties that strive to combat violence against and empower women and girls. They are Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Beijing Declaration and its Platform for Action.

The priority areas laid out in the plan are livelihoods and poverty reduction; education and training, health; violence against women; emergencies; economy; decision making; institutional mechanisms; human rights; media; environment; and the girl child. It is expected that in each of these areas the government and its civil society partners will develop specific plan of actions to achieve concrete and measurable results for Myanmar women.

UNDP along with other UN and CSO partners contributed technical and financial inputs throughout the process of preparation and consultations of the National Strategic Plan for Advancement of Women.

“We congratulate the Government and the people of Myanmar on this important milestone. Promoting gender equality is at the core of UNDP’s country programme for Myanmar and we will continue to support the National Strategic Plan in full alignment with country's priorities and close coordination with all stakeholders,” Toily Kurbanov, UNDP Country Director in Myanmar said.

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