National Committee for Women’s Affairs (MNCWA)
The population of Myanmar is (45.57) millions
of which more
than (50%) are women, (72%) of the population live in the rural areas. There is
no discrimination based on race, religion, status or sex. Women are accorded
equal rights with men.
The government of Myanmar is striving towards the emergence
of a peaceful, modern and developed nation. It recognizes the important role
of more than 50% of women and it intends to use their full participation in
the national development.
The government is committed to adopt the Beijing Platform for
Action and to implement the conference’s programmes in accord with the national
political, economic and social objectives.
It has formulated strategies and Plans of Action for
advancement of women. To enhance the implementation, national machineries are
A National committee called the Myanmar National Committee
for Women’s Affairs (MNCWA) was formed on 3 July 1996, to systematically
implement activities for the advancement of women. Subsequently, the Myanmar
National Working Committee for Women’s Affairs (MNWCWA) was formed on 7 October 1996, to facilitate the activities.
The government also designated the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and
Resettlement as the
National Focal Point for Women’s Affairs.
The organization levels of the committee are as follows :-
The Myanmar National Committee for Women’s Affairs laid down
the policy guidelines for the advancement of women, especially those living in
the remote rural border areas.
The Myanmar National Working Committee had identified the following
that were considered to be most relevant for advancement of Myanmar Women’s
Education, Health, Economy, Culture, Violence against Women, the
Girl-Child, Media and Environment.