Vice President U Henry Van Thio addressed the International Women’s Day ceremony held at the Myanmar International Convention Centre 2 in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
In his address Vice President said International Women’s Day came about due to the efforts of women workers after 146 women workers were killed in a factory fire in Russia on March 1911. More than a hundred years have passed when 8 March was observed worldwide as International Women’s Day and Myanmar being a member country of the UN held this State level event to reflect the importance of women in Myanmar.
The UN designated theme for International Women’s Day 2019 was “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.” To achieve the sustainable development goal of achieving gender equality and empower all women and girls in 2030 it was required to develop new integrated approaches, thoughts and processes in addition to the present social protection systems, public services and work procedures and the theme was being setup to exhort UN member countries, said the Vice President.
Myanmar was a country that was transitioning to a democracy based on political transition, economic transition and establishing peace. As a country working for national reconciliation based on establishing peace, gender equality in all sectors was an important and basic matter. In the third session of 21st Century Panglong Conference an agreement was reached in the political sector basic principle agreement towards encouraging a minimum of 30 percent involvement of women in each sector.
Myanmar National Committee for Women’s Affairs was formed as a State-level mechanism to implement the nine targets set in sustainable development goal 5 of achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls and to comply with the UN Convention on the Elimination on All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
For a balanced development of women in all sectors the National Strategic Plan for the Advancement of Women (2013-2022) was implemented based on 12 priority sectors. In order to implement the strategic plan with an increasing momentum during the remaining four years of the plan, four technical work groups on preventing and protecting women from violence; on women participating in the country’s economic sector; on women to be included in all sectors; and on women in peace and security were formed and works conducted.
Furthermore arrangements were made to review the National Strategic Plan for the Advancement of Women (2013-2022). To provide technical support in implementing the plan a Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) as Non Sector Coordination Group that would coordinate the Ten Sector Coordination Groups (SCGs) under the DACU (Development Assistance Coordination Unit). The group was urged to provide technical support and cooperate in the review works.
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