by Dhyeya Pandya, current intern at WPSN-C and World Federalist Movement, International Development and Globalization student at University of Ottawa
Coming up next month Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – will present to the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, a report on the nation’s progress on gender equality and women’s rights. Myanmar has supported the eradication of discrimination against women, for the past 19 years and continues to uphold its promise by enforcing laws to protect women’s rights.
As Myanmar has legally ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), they are required to submit national progress reports every four years. The report to be presented in July will be delivered alongside suggestions made by non-governmental organizations that have gender equality in their respective agendas.
Although Myanmar has been active in its support for CEDAW through the creation of strategies such as the National Strategic Plan for the Advancement of Women, at this time the nation will collaborate to improve laws and draft new policies to further enhance their results.