In the spirit of advancing women’s participation in politics in Myanmar EMReF seeks to generate evidence on political parties’ recruitment and selection methods for women. By highlighting socio-cultural norms and attitudes towards women’s political participation at the party, household and community levels and inform how norms and attitudes affect women’s actual political participation in Myanmar. Finally, through capacity building exercises, this project strengthens the analytical skills of Myanmar-based researchers in key areas including gender analysis, through collaboration between EMREF and McMaster University.   

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Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation (EMReF)


McMaster University


Elevating women leaders in Myanmar

Many hurdles remain to achieve gender equality in Myanmar politics and society at large. Research supported by Canada’s Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar Initiative is identifying opportunities to close the gap.
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Myanmar Speaker Series – Towards Gender Equality: Implications for Myanmar’s 2020 Elections

October 27, 2020. It is now 25 years since the UN World Conference on Women was held in Beijing (1995)....
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Myanmar research community contributes to electoral policy debates

October 13, 2020 Research in Action story from IDRC Support for policy-relevant research helps to inform electoral debate in Myanmar....
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Gender and Political Participation in Myanmar

Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation (EMReF), October 2020 Full report below Introduction This synthesis report presents key findings from a three-year...
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Briefing Note on Gender and Political Participation in Myanmar : The Current Situation, Why it Matters, and How to Make Participation More Equal

The Current Situation Myanmar’s 2015 elections resulted in women becoming around 10% of the MPs in the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and...
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Party Building and Candidate Selection Party Building and Candidate Selection Intraparty Politics and Promoting Gender Equality in Myanmar This study examines why women remain...
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Myanmar Speaker Series: Will More Women Join Politics in the 2020 Myanmar Elections? In 2020, the World Economic Forum's Gender Gap continues to find the largest gender disparity is—once again—the Political Empowerment...
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Briefing Note on Why Political Parties in Myanmar Should Try to Increase the Number of Women Political Participation and How They Can Do This

In 1995 women were only 10% of the world’s parliamentarians. In that year, the UN World Conference on Women was...
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Myanmar Speaker Series: Will 2020 elections increase Myanmar’s inclusivity ?

What is the role of political representation by ethnic parties in a multi-ethnic state? What is the role of women...
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