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Myanmar. A vote for women.

Support women in Myanmar to get their voices heard.

Your contribution could help 3,400 people to change the face of politics in Myanmar by building capacity of women's groups to engage, support and develop roles for women in politics.

Thanks to your generous support, this project has met its funding target for now. We will be accepting donations for next phase of this project in 2017.


Your donation can do something brilliant

Your support could help build the capacity of women's groups to organise and network, enabling 25 groups to actively influence political processes at a village and township level.

You'll be supporting 30 women politicians to develop their skills and confidence, so they can push for gains in women's rights and help women to access their basic human rights.

You'll be helping increase support for women's human rights within parliament, in order to create a political environment in which women can take part in the decision making process.


What your money can buy

could cover one month's stipend for a village mobiliser, who will work with women's groups to support women in their communities to address any issues they face, and raise awareness of the importance of women’s leadership.

A bit of background

Before last year's election, fewer than 5 per cent of parliamentarians and 0.11 per cent of village heads were women. In the run up to the election, Oxfam worked with women candidates, political activists, and local women's groups in order to support women's campaigns. The number of women parliamentarians has now more than doubled. This is an incredible gain for women and men across Myanmar. However, despite this progress, only 12 per cent of MPs are women. A lack of political representation prevents women from accessing their basic human rights. For example, in May 2015, before the election, a population control law was passed which forces women to leave three years between pregnancies. No women were consulted on this bill before it was made law. Although Myanman women are now banned from having children at certain times, it is also illegal for women to end their pregnancies through abortion. Human rights groups worry the bill could allow authorities to force women to take contraception, and could be used to target minority ethnic groups.

How we're helping

It is now vital to build upon progress made in the 2015 election to create lasting change. Oxfam has been working in Myanmar since 2008, when we supported communities in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. Since then, we have run long-term development programmes, and we are currently working to empower women to claim their human rights, take on leadership positions, and contribute meaningfully to political decision making. The project forms an essential part of this work, and will:

  • Build the capacity of women's groups to engage in politics.
  • Support women politicians to develop their skills and confidence, and push for gains in women's rights.
  • Increase support for women's human rights within parliament.

So far, 25 women's groups have been formed and have taught women about their right to vote. The importance of this work can be seen from the fact that some women expressed surprise at their right to vote, noting that they were previously unaware they had the same rights as men.

Moe Myat Myat joined the project as a village mobiliser last year. After a series of training sessions from the project, she became inspired to run for office. Moe was successfully elected, and has now been appointed as Karen Affairs Minister for the Ayeyarwady region, responsible for representing the Karen ethnic group at a regional level.

Look how far your money can go

However much you can afford, your donation will really change lives. Just ask the people we've already helped.

The story of Ma Yaung Yoe women's group

 We received training from the project in August 2015, which made us aware of the ways women are treated unequally, and the discrimination we face. In our village, employers used to pay women a lower daily wage than men. We told women that they had a right to earn an equal salary, so women met with their employers to discuss this. Now, a lot of employers in our village pay men and women the same wage. For example, the daily wage for men to pluck betel leaf was 500 Myanmar Kyat (30p) higher than women. After our movement, the wages between men and women became equal.


For every £1 you donate, we will allocate 10p of your donation to cover general support and running costs. There is a small chance that we will raise more money than is needed for this project. If this happens, we'll spend any additional funds on other Oxfam projects - wherever the need is greatest.