August 19, 2016

Myanmar prepares to report to CEDAW Committee on its implementation of gender equality

Union Minister Dr.Win Myat  Aye speaks at CEDAW Mock Review Session. Photo: Supplied
Union Minister Dr.Win Myat Aye speaks at CEDAW Mock Review Session. Photo: Supplied

THE Department of Social Welfare, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, the Government of Myanmar and UN Women in partnership with other arms of the UN organised a CEDAW Mock Review Session yesterday to prepare the Myanmar government delegation that will report to the CEDAW Committee on gender equality and women’s rights in Myanmar.
70 participants including the official delegation, senior officials from government ministries, parliamentarians, representatives from civil society organisations and UN agencies were in attendance.  Opening the event, Union Minister for Social Welfare Relief and Resettlement H.E Dr.Win Myat  Aye, said, “Myanmar ratified CEDAW in 1997 and has been working hard for the development of women and to see an end to discrimination and violence against them. Myanmar is implementing the National Strategic Plan for the Advancement of Women (2013-22) in 12 critical areas of women’s lives and will be moving to implement the globally agreed SDGs including gender goals. We need to use this opportunity to gather as much data as possible to showcase our good work, but also to work together to address whatever constraints we have in achieving gender equality”.
Susannah Hla Hla Soe, Secretary of the Parliamentary Committee on Women and Children said, “We learned that if we have not made progress in certain areas, we need to state that clearly to the CEDAW Committee. We need to think about what has stopped us from making such progress and to introduce measures to respond to the gender gaps, even if it is step by step”.   UN Women Myanmar said of the meeting, “the CEDAW Mock session simulated the actual review. It aimed to prepare national partners to optimise the opportunity to revisit gains and gaps in CEDAW implementation and analyse the basis for success and constraints through multi-sector consultation. It sought to support government and other national partners in creating dialogue constructively with the CEDAW Committee on closing gender gaps in Myanmar – and to implement the CEDAW Committee’s Concluding Comments in line with CEDAW standards, the SDGs localised and the National Strategic Plan for the Advancement of Women”.
The presenting of the official report to the CEDAW Committee is slated for 6 July.—GNLM


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