Gender Issues in MYANMAR

29 Mar


61 million
Sex ratio:
0.99 male(s)/female
Key issues:

  • Gender-related wage gaps

  • Lack of access to institutionalized credit for women

  • Cultural norms that might disadvantage women

    • early marriage

  • Vulnerability of poor women to trafficking

  • Oppression, sexual harassment and sexual violence


  • Sexual harassment is not addressed in any law
  • Polygamy is permitted under Myanmar customary law
  • Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation (MWAF)
  • Buddhist Women Special Marriage and Succession Act of 1954

Government’s responses:

  • Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association
    • provide vocational training to young girls and women

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