#HearMeToo: Myanmar development dialogue
In Myanmar and more than 150 countries around the world, November 25 marked the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, a global call to action to end violence against women and girls. The campaign commences every year on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on Human Rights Day – December 10.
In Myanmar and across the globe, 2018 has been a year of milestones that illuminated the courage and power of women and girls who spoke out against cases of abuse, harassment, or discrimination, while shedding light on the severity of violations and the challenges that remain. For this year’s 16 Days of Activism Campaign, two themes emerged: #HearMeToo, promoting dialogue to transform the impunity, silence and stigma often surrounding violence against women, and “End Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work,” pushing for systemic change and institutional accountability.
Pact Myanmar is proud to engage with this global movement by promoting voices of women and men practitioners from public, private, civil society, and non-profit sectors in Myanmar who shared their views on women’s economic rights and opportunities in the country. During Pact’s third Myanmar Development Dialogue in 2017, women's economic empowerment (WEE) was examined as a central issue of Myanmar's economic development potential. The event brought together nearly 200 people to exchange ideas, hear and discuss women's own economic priorities, and ask critical questions about what each of us can do to advance WEE in Myanmar.
To celebrate these voices and commemorate the #16DaysCampaign, Pact Myanmar will release one clickable poster each day on women’s economic empowerment topics ranging from livelihoods, gender budgeting, workplace discrimination, peace, energy, and migration, GBV. Please share and download the posters you like, and join us in the campaign to take action against gender-based violence.