Myanmar has shown signs of improving women’s economic empowerment; achieving parity in boys’ and girls’ primary school enrolments, more than 18% of women enrolled in tertiary education, more than one quarter of businesses owned by women, and women comprising more than 50% of government administration roles. The 2015 election increased women in Parliament from 5.9% to 14.5%. Myanmar has maternity leave law and has ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
Despite some positive indicators, significant cultural and political barriers continue to restrict opportunities available to women. Employers in Myanmar pay women on average 25 per cent less than men, with inequality rooted in cultural norms that see men’s work as more valuable than women’s.
In collaboration with corporations and business leaders, entrepreneurs and advocates in Myanmar, Investing in Women is building the business case and spearheading the campaign for women’s economic equality in South East Asia.
This video provides a definition of Workplace Gender Equality (WGE), as well as the benefits of practicing WGE. It includes testimonials from top executives in member companies of Business Coalitions, which are also leading businesses in Investing in Women’s target countries.
This brief is intended to increase access to information about lactation rooms, including benefits and basic requirements for establishment. Based on interest from the business sector, BCGE will engage in follow-up consultations and referral to partners for detailed support.
This report focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on private sector employers and not-for-profit organisations in Myanmar, and employees in a single firm.