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May 19, 2019

Myanmar women LFPR low compared to neighbors

Women workers work at a garment factory in Yangon.

The labour force participation rate (LFPR) of Myanmar women is low when compared to other neighboring countries, according to
The working age population in Myanmar is 33.9 million but there are only 54 per cent of women in the labour force. Among them, 29 per cent are from urban areas whereas 71 per cent, from rural areas.
When the job opportunities are created for the women, they should have an equal chance as the men. Those holding the same job position should have the same payment. Total LFPR is 64.7 per cent only in Myanmar with men accounting for 80 per cent while women 52 per cent. There are 21.8 million jobs in Myanmar and only 43.1 per cent of the women are employed.
According to UNFPA, women LFPR is only 50.5 per cent in Myanmar while that of Thai is 80 per cent. If the women LFPR rises, the GDP will increase, said the UNFPA report.


Min Thu


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