Welcome to the March Edition of the GEN Monthly Newsletter! We have proudly celebrated International Women's Day during March and we greatly appreciate our members' collaboration and effort.
Each month, we will ask a GENmember, friend or staff for some insight into their participation with GEN. This month we ask,Daw Chan Myat Thu, SC Member of GENfrom Norwegian People’s Aid, to share about her feelings and experience with GEN.
Daw Chan Myat Thu, SC Member of GEN
In My Experience: Daw Chan Myat Thu
Firstly, I would like to thank you all for giving me an opportunity to be part of GEN SC team representing Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) and I’m so proud to be part of GEN family. I have been taking part in GEN for over four years already by participating in GEN monthly meetings and workings groups especially Research Working Group, 16days Activism Campaign Working Group and IWD Working group.
Throughout these valuable experiences working with GEN, I have increased my knowledge and experiences on fighting for Gender Equality, Women Right, Women Leadership, and Advocacy and Campaign. In addition, I have learnt the work of GEN members and connected with the NPA’s local CSOs partners to work together for many advocacy and campaign activities.
As we are the membership based network, with the same values and strength of members, I strongly believe we will achieve our goal if we share, contribute and work together as the saying goes, “Coming together is a beginning, Keeping together is progress and Working together is success.”
Celebration of International Women's Day
On March 8, 2018, GEN participated and distributed IEC materials at the International Women Day (IWD) Event organized by Myanmar National Committee on Women, at Nay Pyi Taw. Participants from government officials and women organizations attended the event as well as displayed their IEC materials.
On March 8, GENalso attended the IWD event hosted by Yangon Region Government at Myanmar Medical Association, Yangon and distributed IEC materials to the participants attended.
Celebration of International Women's Day in Nay Pyi Taw
Celebration of International Women's Day in Yangon
On March 10, IWD working group, comprising of different organizations working for women’s rights, hosted the International Women’s Day Event at Mahar Bandula Park with the theme “Press for Progress”. The event was successfully held with different programs that reflected gender based violence including role play, poetry, panel discussion and singing and a lot of participants were interested and actively participated.
International Women's Day Public Event at Mahar Bandula Park
On 17 and 18 of March, GEN joined the International Women’s Day Event organized by Myanmar National Committee on Women and Yangon Region Government, at the people’s park Yangon. In the event, GEN participated by distributing publications as well as displaying photos related to gender based violence.
GEN's Booth Show at International Women's Day, People's Park
Consultation Workshop on "Empowered Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities Promoting Gender Equality in Myanmar"
The consltation workshop on the "Empowered Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities Promoting Gender Equality in Myanmar" was held on 30 March 2018 at Park Royal Hotel in Yangon. The Project is Funded by European Union and will be jointly implemented by GEN, DCA-NCA and Pyoe Pin Institute. The representatives from Department of Social Welfare, Representatives from EU, INGOs, NGOs, CSOs and Technical Resource Persons and Media joined the event.
Mr. Kristian Schmidt, Ambassador of the EU provided Opening Remarks, and Dr. Kaythi Myint Thein (GEN), Mr. Mani Kumar (DCA-NCA), Su Su Nge (PPI) also provided the brief introductions.
The Panel Discussion titled " Empowered Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities Promoting Gender Equality in Myanmar through National Mechanism" was moderated by Ko Nay Lin Htike (Equality Myanmar) and Daw Moe Moe Min (Department of Social Welfare), Daw Pansy Tun Thein (GEN), Daw Nwe Zin Win (Pyi Gyi Khin) and Mrs. Jasmine Burnley (Oxfam) discussed at the panel. Dr. Htet Wai Oo, Project Manager of GEN explained about the project. We would like to thank all of the individuals who participated at both of the events.
Consultation Workshop on Empowered Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities Promoting Gender Equality in Myanmar
Working Group Meeting
On 23rd March 2018, Labor Law Review Working Group Meeting was held at GEN Office. The members discussed about existing labor related laws and agreed on which laws should be reviewed.
Meetings, Workshops and Events attended as GEN's Representatives
From 15th to 17th March 2018, Acting Director of GEN joined the workshop organised by Burma/Myanmar UPR Forum which is for writing the combined NGO reports for Mid Term Universal Periodic Review. GEN wrote the issue on the Gender Equality and Women Rights which is for advocating the Government of Myanmar for operationalisation of NSPAW, to pass the PoVAW Law and to cover the necessary provisions which will be benefits for the women/ girls and to establish the independent and high level gender equality mechanism.
Burma/Myanmar UPR Forum met with the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission on 22 March 2018 for presenting the draft Mid Term UPR Report. GEN's Acting Director joined with the group and presented about the current situation of Gender Equality and Women's Right in Myanmar.
GEN's representatives, Nilar Tun (SC Member), Daw Pansy Tun Thein (Technical Adviser), Daw Kaythi Myint Thein (Acting Director) and Daw Hnin Shwe Zin Hlaing (Program Manager) met with the Director General and the Director of Department of Social Welfare on 21 March and discussed about GEN's 2018 work plan and GEN's activities to be undertaken this year, including some of the planned research studies, and informed about the forthcoming event on "Empowered Civil Society and Local Authorities Promoting Gender Equality in Myanmar through National Mechanism", and the new EU-funded project to be launched at this event. Representatives from the Department of Social Welfare were invited to participate in the panel discussion to discuss about national mechanism that support gender equality and women empowerment in Myanmar.
On 26th March 2018, GEN Adviser participated in the meeting to develop "Myanmar Gender in Humanitarian Action Profile" organized by UN Women. The Profile is expected be ready by June 2018 on GEN has agreed to be involved in the development process by providing inputs on literature and references. The Profile will be shared with the four Thematic Technical Working Groups under the Myanmar National Committee on Women (MNCW).
On 28th March 2018, GEN Adviser participated in the IDRC (International Development Research Center) Advisory Group meeting and reviewed IDRC work plan for 2018 and discussed about research timeline and other activities supported by IDRC in Myanmar.
Applications for the Women Deliver 2019 Conference which is the world’s largest gathering on the health, rights, and well beingof women and girls is open and the deadline to apply is 19th April.
‘Searching for Justice in the Law’ policy brief, based on findings from a national knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) survey conducted by MyJustice, is now available. We hope the findings and our recommendations find resonance with a broad set of organisations working for development, peace and justice in Myanmar.
GEN Office will be close from 13rd April to 17th April 2018 due to Thingangyan Festival, and reopen on 18th April 2018. Please expect a delay email response during the closing days and we wish you all have a happyThingangyan holidayas well.