History

History

Over the past eight years, GEN and its member organizations have been able to significantly strengthen the evidence base around key aspects of gender inequality and discrimination in Myanmar.

The Gender Equality Network (GEN) has undergone significant transformation and growth since its inception in 2008. The organisation was first formed in response to Cyclone Nargis, under the name the Women’s Protection Technical Working Group, with an original focus on addressing multi-sectoral and cross-cutting issues faced by women in cyclone-affected areas.

During this time, our programming and advocacy efforts included:

- advocating for and contributing to the inclusion of women’s needs in national assessments and strategic planning documents,

- drafting of the referral protocols and pathways for Gender-Based Violence response, and

- developing and disseminating key guidance documents, including codes of conduct, key gender messages, gender guidelines, the Women’s Livelihoods Assessment, and the Women’s Protection Assessments: Post-Cyclone Nargis.

Over time, and particularly since the development of the network’s first Strategic Plan in 2012, GEN’s mandate has expanded, both geographically and in terms of taking a more comprehensive approach to gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout Myanmar. Broadly, this work is done through coordination and networking; facilitating capacity development and training; data collection and analysis; and advocacy, communications and research.

GEN’s work presents an integrated approach to address the lack of gender equality enjoyment of human rights in Myanmar. It aims to impact both the causes and the manifestations of gender inequality and discrimination. It does so by targeting key actors at different levels of Myanmar society, with the aim of addressing both structural causes of inequality – such as discriminatory laws and policies and the absence of implemented protective and gender-equal legislation – and the social and cultural norms and practices that contribute to gender inequality and discrimination in Myanmar.

Over the past eight years, GEN and its member organizations have been able to significantly strengthen the evidence base around key aspects of gender inequality and discrimination in Myanmar. This has included extensive research on gender-based violence, participation and representation in public life and social and cultural norms and practices.