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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.

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Global Gender Gap Report 2021 (15th edition)

06 April 2021

Based on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021, another generation of women will have to wait for gender parity. As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt, closing the global gender gap has increased by a generation from 99.5 years to 135.6 years. Gender-sensitive recovery strategies will be critical in making ...

ASEAN Gender Outlook: Achieving the SDGs for all and leaving no woman or girl behind

03 March 2021

This flagship regional publication, jointly produced by the ASEAN and UN Women, calls for greater investment and prioritisation of data for tracking progress towards gender equality and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.

Doing Good Index 2020

05 February 2021

The Doing Good Index 2020 by the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society provides a roadmap of the policies and practices that can route private capital towards the social sector. Insights are based on original data gathered through surveying 2,180 social delivery organisations and interviewing 145 country experts across 18 economies, including Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines and Vietnam.

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