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There is an opportunity for both the private and public sectors to promote gender equality, potentially adding USD 10 billion to Myanmar’s economy each year.
– McKinsey Global Institute 2018


Myanmar faces enduring barriers that limit economic opportunities for women. Female labour force participation has been impacted by significant cultural and political hurdles, contributing to a persistent wage gap between genders, with women earning on average 25% less than men. This inequality is entrenched in cultural norms that undervalue women’s work compared to men’s.

These challenges have been compounded in recent years by the economic and social upheavals, within the country, With the ongoing conflicts, increasing economic instability, and sanctions, the private sector faces a difficult operating environment, which contributes to restricted access to formal employment and limited economic opportunities for women. Such adverse conditions deepen gender inequalities in the country, placing additional burdens on women, notably in  unpaid care and domestic work and healthcare access.

Investing in Women recognises the challenges faced by women in Myanmar, including the increasingly significant barriers that continue to restrict opportunities available to women.

Structural, economic, and socio-cultural challenges are inhibiting Burmese women from achieving economic participation.


Economic Participation


Educational Attainment


Health and Survival

  • Myanmar sees an adolescent fertility rate of 24.5 births per 1,000 women in the 15-19 age group, reflecting the prevalence of early childbearing, with implications for the health services’ reach and the young mothers’ ability to pursue educational and economic activities. (WHO Global Health Observatory 2023)
  • Myanmar’s skilled birth attendance rate stands at 60.2%, indicating an opportunity to improve outcomes for mothers and newborns. (WHO Global Health Observatory 2023)
  • In Myanmar, only 37.1% of births occur in medical institutions, indicating a need to broaden the access of women to essential healthcare services for safe childbirth. (WHO Global Health Observatory 2023)
  • Antenatal care is also limited, with only 58.6% of women receiving it four or more times. (WHO Global Health Observatory 2023)

Political Empowerment

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Investing in Women’s new phase continues the ambitious agenda of advancing women’s economic empowerment, and is envisioned to play a significant role in building a more cohesive, dynamic, sustainable and inclusive economy in Southeast Asia post-pandemic.