Research Report in support of CEDAW Alternative Report (2016)
Women’s Organization Network (WON)
Myanmar ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1997, and its government submitted its last state report to the CEDAW Committee in 2008. In the past, women’s groups working in Myanmar had little opportunity to submit alternative reports to CEDAW; only the Women’s League of Burma (WLB), which is based on border areas, was able to submit such reports.
In 2010, the political situation in Myanmar changed, allowing women’s organizations both along the border and inside the country to work together more closely. In 2012, WON (representing 38 member organizations)1 and WLB (representing 13 member organizations) began to work together, conducting strategic planning workshops and identifying joint strategic activities based on challenges faced and lessons learned. One of those joint projects involves CEDAW monitoring and reporting.