The new face of politics in Myanmar
Oxfam is helping women to change the face of politics in Myanmar, giving them the chance to play a leading role in shaping their country’s future.
In 2011, half a century of military rule came to a end in Myanmar, signalling hope for a democratic future, free from discrimination and inequality. Five years on, little has changed for women. Deep-rooted prejudices and attitudes continue to exclude women from the decision-making process – from the village council to the country’s parliament.
Despite the statistics, the women of Myanmar are slowly but surely turning up the volume to get their voices heard: on 8 November 2015 the country held its first open general election in 25 years and 800 out of the 6000 candidates were women – that is about eight times more than ran for the elections in 2010.
In the run-up to the elections, Oxfam worked with local partners in the regions of Yangon and Ayeyarwady to help strengthen women’s groups, giving women the skills and confidence to become local leaders and teaching them how to effectively build their debating and fundraising skills, to enable them to run effective election campaigns.