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INTRODUCTION In July 2016, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee) will examine Myanmar’s combined fourth and fifth periodic report at its 64th session.1 This examination provides an opportunity to review Myanmar’s progress since its last review in 2008 towards implementing in law and practice the provisions of the UN Convention on […]

On Myanmar for the 64th Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Myanmar is a party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and, as such, must fulfill its obligations to ensure both de jure and de facto equality for women. Yet, despite these obligations, women and girls across Myanmar face serious obstacles to realizing their rights to substantive equality and […]


The Arakan Project  The Arakan Project is a human rights organisation based in the Asian region which, since 1999, has specialized in monitoring and documenting the situation of the Rohingya Muslims, an ethnic, religious and linguistic minority in Rakhine State of Myanmar. The Arakan Project regularly submits its findings to relevant UN Treaty Bodies and […]

CEDAW Action Myanmar

Executive Summary  This CEDAW Shadow Report is written by CEDAW Action Myanmar (CAM). This working group is established in 2012 and consists of 15 local organizations. The report consists of perceptions of 309 (with 226 women and 83 men) respondents who participated in a survey; along with news from print and social media. Myanmar has […]

Submission for the 64th session (4 – 22 July 2016) of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

Executive summary  In this submission, Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) provides information concerning human rights issues affecting women in southeast Myanmar. The time period covered in this submission is from January 2012 to March 2016, which is a period characterised by dramatic and substantial changes in Myanmar, including the political reform process; the 2012 preliminary […]

Arakan Submission to the 64th Session CEDAW Committee for Consideration of Myanmar’s Combined Fourth and Fifth Periodic Reports

In its 2008 Concluding Observations on the Second and Third Periodic Report of Myanmar, the CEDAW Committee expressed concerns regarding multiple forms of discrimination against women in Myanmar in general and Rohingya women in particular. The Government of Myanmar (“the Government”) has not taken significant steps to address these concerns in the eight years since, and instead has exacerbated […]


Executive Summary  This report reflects the results of WON’s research and interviews of women from ten of Myanmar’s states, who shared their experiences and struggles to vindicate their rights.1 As a party to CEDAW, Myanmar’s government has an obligation to protect and guarantee the rights of its female citizens in a variety of realms. Of […]