Historically, women in Myanmar have had a unique social status. They have enjoyed a high level of independence and had the same legal and economic rights as men. Sadly, deteriorating economic climate in the country has had negative affects on women’s access to educational and job opportunities.
The Myanmar National Committee for Women’s Affairs was created by the government in 1996 in order to systematically implement programs aimed at the advancement of women. It focuses on promoting the educational status of women, protecting them from abuse and violence etc.
In 1998, the founding day of the Committee was designated Myanmar Women’s Day. The holiday has drawn criticism from Burmese women in and outside the country because MNCWF is a state-sponsored organization. It primarily comprises the wives of Myanmar’s top officials who, according to activists, do next to nothing to solve the problems of women.
Along with its national Women’s Day, Myanmar also celebrates International Women’s Day that falls on March 8.Remind me with Google Calendar
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