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The Prospects of Advancement for Women? WLB's Analysis of National Strategies for Advance of Women

This report was commissioned by the Women’s League of Burma to analyze the National Strategic Plan for the Advancement of Women (NSPAW), which was launched by the government in 2013. The report finds that NSPAW has failed to address issues including the 2008 Constitution, decades of armed conflict, the ongoing power of the military and old laws and legal frameworks, which would lead to substantive gender equality in Burma. The report categorizes NSPAW as a disingenuous document that only pays lip service to Burma’s international human rights obligations and anti-discrimination promises, and calls for clearer guidelines on implementation and benchmarks for meaningful evaluation of gender inequality in the country.