For the EU-funded STEP Democracy programme, International women’s day is not only about celebrating what women across the world have achieved so far but also about further promoting women’s rights and women participation in politics in Myanmar. To do so STEP Democracy team and International IDEA participated in Women’s Rights Week, , organized by the French Institute in Yangon between 3 and 6 March.
We set up a booth to showcase our work and share our publications for women politicians and women political party members. We run a quiz about women participation in political life to reflect on the situation in Myanmar.
Women face many constraints when it comes to political participation in Myanmar: unequal access to decision-making, unequal access to knowledge and financial resources, limited opportunities within political party structures and the threat of violence and discrimination, among others.
In order to promote women participation in politics and elections in Myanmar, STEP creates space for women politicians, women candidates and young women political actors where they receive an opportunity to learn campaign management, campaign strategy, gender validation and capacity building.
Addressing the political, socio-economic, and socio-cultural barriers against equal participation in Myanmar requires a comprehensive learning approach for both men and women who are active in politics. STEP Democracy will continue to support efforts that seek to improve the knowledge and capacity of underrepresented groups to participate and exercise leadership in their communities.