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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.

Latest Resources

Drivers of Change for Workplace Gender Equality

06 May 2022

This fact sheet highlights seven key drivers of workplace gender equality (WGE) that play an important role in achieving WGE.

Investing in Women Phase 2 (2019-23) Mid-Term Review Pathway 1 Report

04 November 2021

This report presents findings and recommendations from the Phase 2 Mid-Term Review of Investing in Women’s Pathway 1 focused on Workplace Gender Equality.

Investing in Women Phase 2 (2019-23) Mid-Term review

04 November 2021

This independent mid-term review covers IW’s progress since the start of its second phase in July 2019 and provides recommendations to assist IW achieve its end of program outcomes by June 2023.

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