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Title: A fresh evaluation of the Burmese narrative through the female perspective: Interview with Nilanjana Sengupta
Date of publication: 31 August 2015
Description/subject: "The Female Voice of Myanmar: Khin Myo Chit to Aung San Suu Kyi by Nilanjana Sengupta (Cambridge University Press, India) is a scholarly treatise on Myanmar. The book will be released in late September in Singapore. Sengupta is a Visiting Scholar at Asia Research Institute (National University of Singapore).There aren’t many Indian writers who write on Myanmar, so this is an important work of scholarship. The publisher describes the book as a 'commentary on the evolving state of Myanmar and female thought from colonial times to the present, seen through the eyes of four Burmese female activist-writers'..."
Author/creator: Zafar Anjum
Language: English
Source/publisher: Kitaab
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: https://kitaab.org
Date of entry/update: 15 May 2016

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Title: Gender Mainstreaming in Subnational Governance: Myanmar’s Fisheries and Livestock Sectors
Date of publication: 15 August 2018
Description/subject: "In Myanmar, there is a general attitude that issues affecting women fall exclusively under the purview of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement. This policy paper explores how gender mainstreaming in subnational governance can take place outside of what is typically considered women-centric policy domains in Myanmar, using the fisheries and livestock sectors as examples...Since 2011, Myanmar has begun implementing significant governance reforms. The 2008 Constitution provided a framework for the beginning of decentralization, shifting from a highly centralized and authoritarian system to one that more closely resembles a democracy. The formation of State and Region (S/R) governments, Myanmar’s newly established subnational governing bodies, has created opportunities for legislation, policies, and budgets that are more responsive and representative of local needs. While the introduction of subnational institutions has indeed laid the foundations for increasingly democratic practices, the road towards gender equality continues to face significant challenges under Myanmar’s current governance structure. These challenges include: zz A complex administrative structure that neglects to clearly define roles, responsibilities, and reporting relationships;1 zz A general attitude that issues affecting women fall exclusively under the purview of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement; and zz Outdated governance systems that pose barriers to equitable participation..."
Author/creator: Alison Chan, Stephanie Guo, and Win Po Po Aung
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asia Foundation
Format/size: pdf (633MB-reduced version; 2.3MB-original)
Date of entry/update: 26 August 2018