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We Stand Together for More Women Leaders

Women’s participation in decision making in Myanmar is unacceptably low. There are a wide range of reasons why women are currently so underrepresented in local, state/regional, and national decision making processes. These range from access to education and resources to deeply engrained social and cultural barriers relating to the role of women in society. Many positive measures are already underway to help address the barriers to women’s participation, but much still needs to be done. Myanmar’s current democratic transition and new civilian government presents a unique opportunity to advance gender equality and women’s participation in political and decision making processes. This is an opportunity that must be capitalized on as the benefits and rationale of involving women are clear:

Women make up over half the country’s population (51.8%). If they are marginalized from full and equal participation in political and decision making processes, Myanmar cannot be considered fully democratic.

Involving women helps ensure that the needs and interests of women and girls are taken into account in laws, policies, and programs.

Societies that are more inclusive of women, especially women with disabilities and women of marginalized groups, are often less violent and more tolerant. This has positive impact on everyone.

Involving women makes economic sense. Significant research shows that gender equality leads to more prosperous societies and better performing businesses.

This must change. The We Stand Together campaign will work to help address this by mobilizing support for increased women’s leadership and representation in politics and other decision making bodies, advocating with key decision makers on changes to facilitate this, and increasing awareness about the importance of having an active role for women in decision making at all levels of society.

The We Stand Together campaign is part of Yaung Chi Thit’s overall program to promote women’s participation. The program nurtures women leaders by building their capacity, as well as by advocating with the national and state/regional governments to advance women’s equality. She Leads addresses the lack of women’s participation and leadership in political and decision making process at all levels. It is built on the strength of its alumnae network and focuses on building bridges between women and different stakeholders. During the two-year program period, over 1,000 She Leads alumnae from across the country were trained. She Leads also had a significant community impact, with alumnae educating over 100,000 voters in 2015 elections, over 70 alumnae took on leadership roles in the elections, and numerous others in civil society organizations, educational institutes and as lawyers.

The We Stand Together campaign will mobilize support, advocate with key decision makers, and link existing campaigns from other networks to increase the number of women leaders at all levels of decision making.

Campaign Actions

  • Community mobilization awareness raising events
  • Photo petition
  • Letter writing to key decision makers
  • Advocacy meetings at national level (YCT), regional and local levels (She Leads alumnae) with key decision makers Media and social media campaign

Women’s Leadership in Myanmar:

The Facts

  • 51.8% of the population are women
  • 12.8% of current elected MPs are women
  • Myanmar is ranked 159 out of 193 countries by the Inter-
  • Parliamentary Union for the number of women MPs in national parliament, the second lowest in Southeast Asia
  • Only 1 woman Union Minister out of 22 at the national

Campaign Activity

We Stand Together for More Women Leaders Campaign (Twe Lat Nyi Nyi Campaign)

Yaung Chi Thit has been implementing She Leads @ Women Leadership Program across the country since 2015 and launched We Stand Together for More Women Leaders campaign in 2017. One of alumnae; Aye Aye Naing from Ann Township, Rakhine State shared her experiences and knowledge from the training to 43 participants from her community at […]

Posted on May 2, 2019

Celebrating 16 Days of Activism movement jointly organized by Civil Society organizations

In collaboration with Civil Society Organizations, Celebration of the 16 Days of Activism was held at Maha Bandula Park, Yangon on November 25, 2018. Yaung Chi Thit took part in the event by sharing awareness on the eradication of violence against women and the promotion of women participation in leadership through awareness raising activities of […]

Posted on November 25, 2018

We Stand Together for More Women Leaders (Twe Let Nyi Nyi) Campaign held in Kyunn Su Township,Tanintharyi Region

On 28 August 2018, Sadar Shein, a participant of She Leads @ Women Leadership Training shared the knowledge she acquired at the Women’s Leadership Training and conducted We Stand Together for More Women Leaders (Twe Let Nyi Nyi ) campaign at Sa Tain village, Boke Pyin Township, Tanintharyi Region. 27 interested attendees joined the sharing […]

Posted on August 28, 2018

We Stand Together for More Women Leaders (Twe Let Nyi Nyi) Campaign held Kachin State

Ma Nang, one of She Leads participants who completed basic and intermediate Women’s Leadership Training, shared what she learnt from the training with 59 participants from all townships in Kachin State and organized a We Stand Together campaign for more women leaders (Twe Let Nyi Nyi) at Washaung Thitalayanthi Monastery, Kachin State from May 6 […]

Posted on May 10, 2018

We Stand Together for More Women Leaders Leaflet

We Stand Together for More Women Leaders Leaflet Burmese Version – http://goo.gl/5tiGx7 To get the link of “We Stand Together for More Women Leaders” in English – goo.gl/M21JS2

Posted on March 15, 2018

International Women’s Day organized jointly

In recognition of International Women’s[  Day on March 8, 2018, an event was jointly organized by 50 Civil Society Organizations including Yaung Chi Thit on March 10, 2018 at Maha Bandula Park in Yangon. The event started with an opening speech by Yangon Region Social Affairs Minister, U Naing Ngan Linn, followed by poem recitations, […]

Posted on March 11, 2018

We Stand Together (Twe Let Nyi Nyi ) Campaign at Thapyaypyinsu Village, Monwya

We Stand Together for More Women Leaders (Twe Let Nyi Nyi) Campaign was conducted by She Leads alumnae on February 4, 2018 at Maha Zawtikayama Pali University where the 38th ceremony of Paying Homage to the teachers and Award giving to the outstanding students was being held. With the support of the teachers, 9 men […]

Posted on February 5, 2018

We Stand Together for More Women Leaders (Twe Let Nyi Nyi ) Campaignin Namtu, Northern Shan State

On 22 February 2018, Ma Ei Ei Khin, one of She Leads alumnae conducted the We Stand Together campaign with the participation of 13 persons of ten-household, hundred-household, and ward administrators at Bawdwin village, Namtu township, northern Shan State,. YCT initiated a campaign to promote more women’s representation and leadership in politics and decision-making in […]

Posted on February 2, 2018

We Stand Together for More Women Leaders (Twe Let Nyi Nyi ) Campaign held in Natyaykan Village, Mandalay

She Leads Alumnae from Mandalay Region launched We Stand Together for Women Leaders Campaign at Natyaykan Village, Mandalay on December 25, 2017. 35 local people attended the campaign initiated by YCT and all participants endorsed the position paper promoting more women’s representation and leadership in politics and decision-making in Myanmar. In doing so, the main […]

Posted on December 26, 2017

16 Days of Activism held in Pathein, Irrawaddy

In collaboration with YCT, Pan Pyo Thu, Women’s Empowerment Group (Pathein) founded by She Leads alumna conducted a 16 Days of Activism event in Pathein Township, Irrawaddy on 6 December 2017. The event was joined by 90 participants from different government departments, civil society organizations and the local community.

Posted on December 14, 2017

We Stand Together for More Women Leaders Campaign organized in Kyatthunkyun Village, Pantanaw, Irrawaddy Region

She Leads alumnae organized We Stand Together for More Women Leaders Campaign in Kyatthunkyun Village, Pantanaw Township, Irrawaddy Region on October 16, 2017. 159 local people joined the campaign and endorsed the position paper on the importance of women leaders in politics and at different levels of decision-making processes.

Posted on December 13, 2017

She Leads alumnae organized We Stand Together for More Women Leaders Campaign in Kyaukchaunggyi village, Pathein

On 14 October 2017, She Leads alumnae organized We Stand Together Campaign at Kyaukchaunggyi village, Pathein Township, Irrawaddy Region with the purpose of raising awareness on the importance of more women leaders in politics and different levels of decision-making processes and gaining support from the community. Altogether 75 community people joined the campaign and endorsed […]

Posted on December 12, 2017

Launch We Stand Together for More Women Leaders (Twe Let Nyi Nyi ) Campaign

Yaung Chit Thit launched We Stand Together for More Women Leaders Campaign at Chatrium Hotel, Yangon on July 21, 2017. Union Election Commission, International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES)’s director for Asia; Vasu Mohan, Members of Parliament, Civil Society Organization leaders, INGOs, She Leads alumnae and other stakeholders attended the launch ceremony. The Yaung Chi […]

Posted on December 5, 2017

We Stand Together for More Women Leaders (Twe Let Nyi Nyi) Campaign held in Kyunn Su Township,Tanintharyi Region

On 26 August 2018, Mya Hnin Yee, a participant of She Leads @ Women Leadership Training shared the knowledge she acquired at the Women’s Leadership Training and conducted We Stand Together for More Women Leaders (Twe Let Nyi Nyi ) campaign at Kyunn Su Township, Tanintharyi Region. 24 interested attendees joined the sharing session and […]

Posted on August 27, 2017

Ma Khin Hla, the Director of YCT explained

Ma Khin Hla, the Director of YCT explained about the situation of women in leadership postion and We Stand Together campaign to U Naing Ngan Lin, the Yangon Regional Minister of the Ministry of Social Affairs.

Posted on August 26, 2017

The training program of YCT

The quote of one of the She Leads’s alumnae talking about the women situation of Myanmar and how We Stand Together campaign is able to convince women in Myanmar to support for more women leaders in Myanmar. (the training program of YCT)

Posted on August 26, 2017

We Stand Together campaign

The group of ethnic women who support the We Stand Together campaign on International Women Day, March 8, 2018 at the Maha Bandula Park.

Posted on August 26, 2017