For over 20 years, Diakonia has been supporting humanitarian and development programmes both inside the country and at the Thailand-Myanmar border. Diakonia’s partners are working in some of the most difficult and conflict-ridden conditions in the country. Strengthening civil society is a key focus.
Myanmar is one of the largest nations in Southeast Asia with a population of 51.42 million. It is one of the least developed countries in the world and one of the poorest in the region.
The country has been under severe political repression for decades. Civilian rule was introduced in 2011 amid unprecedented political reforms and the country is gradually moving towards a democratic society. However, media and information technology are still being controlled and a number of issues needs to be addressed such as; national peace and reconciliation, human rights violations, internal displacements, land grabbing, gender based violence, forced migration and human trafficking issues which are as a result of ongoing conflicts, communal violence, and large-scale development projects.
Highly abundant in natural resources the country steadily registers more than 7 percent GDP growth per year. Yet the majority of the population is lacking access to electricity or basic social and economic services.
Myanmar is at risk in terms of natural disasters. The country is vulnerable to a wide range of hazards including floods, cyclones, earthquakes, landslides and tsunami. The likelihood of medium to large scale natural disasters to occur every couple of years is high.
Our work in Myanmar
For over 20 years, Diakonia has been supporting humanitarian and development programmes both inside the country and at the Thailand-Myanmar border. Strengthening civil society is a key focus. Diakonia’s partners are working in some of the most difficult and conflict-ridden conditions in the country. They help build capacity at both organizational and community level. Local community structures such as village development committees develop shared responsibilities for ensuring people’s access to livelihood, health and education. Mobilisation for collective action strengthens dialogue with duty bearers and increases platforms to influence policy towards protection of human rights.
Partners working on gender equality aim towards a decline in gender based violence and discrimination, and pave the way for improvement in the respect for cultural and religious diversity, peace building, democratic development, disaster resilience and sustainable development.
Diakonia also supports the work to protect and assist displaced people and migrants in Thailand through The Border Consortium, providing food and shelter to around 100,000 refugees in camps, as well as engaging in advocacy.
Some of our results
For more than a decade, Diakonia has worked closely with local civil society organisations and local partners to raise awareness on gender based violence, particularly the role of men in ending the cycle of violence.
Through direct technical assistance as well as multi-level partnerships in different states and regions, Diakonia and partner organizations strengthen capacities of civil society organizations in promoting gender equality among the youth, in communities and religious institutions. This has been done by conducting trainings and awareness campaigns on sexual and reproductive health and rights, LGBTI, domestic violence, migration and trafficking.
Due to our partners’ work a number of women have escaped from gender based violence and been reintegrated in their family and community with dignity. Awareness on gender based violence issues has increased in communities and some media has improved gender sensitivity on news, publishing and broadcasting.
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Gender equality and peace go hand in hand“I’m convinced that gender equality and peace go together. If there is equality in the family, the peaceful atmosphere will spread out into the world.” These are the words of Sandi Soe Oo, from Myanmar, who...
Gained independency thanks to a self-help groupA self-help group, a grant and gender awareness. Those were the components that changed Shwe Sin Myint’s and her family’s life. Now she is running her own business and instead of telling her to take care of the...
Works to strenghten transgender peopleTransgender persons in Myanmar / Burma face difficulties in all areas of society. Bullying in school, discrimination in the labour market and harassment are common. In popular culture, jokes are prevalent.
From silent to dedicated activistAlizabeth Chaw is a busy woman. Despite previously being afraid of speaking in front of people, she is now a dedicated activist for land rights, peacebuilding, and against gender-based violence. The change came...
Myanmar: I want everyone to know about the violenceGender-based violence is a big problem in Myanmar. Some say it’s because there has been a culture of violence during all those years under the military regime. “Most people think that men are superior and have...
Myanmar: Learning to speak out about the violenceThere are many different ethnic groups in Myanmar, all with their own traditions and cultures. But they have one thing in common – the understanding that men are superior to women.
People are unaware of being abused“In Myanmar, domestic violence is widespread, but people don’t want to talk about it. Most people see men as superior and they think the man has the right to beat his wife and children. Neither men nor women...
Myanmar: “We all have a responsibility to end the violence"When Saw Neldar first heard of a training course on gender roles and gender-based violence, he wasn’t at all interested; however, a friend convinced him to attend. Now, he is working as a volunteer, promoting...
MyanmarFor over 20 years, Diakonia has been supporting humanitarian and development programmes both inside the country and at the Thailand-Myanmar border. Diakonia’s partners are working in some of the most difficult and conflict-ridden conditions in the country. Strengthening civil society is a key focus. Diakonia in Myanmar
San fights for the children’s futureA third of all children in Myanmar aren’t able to go to school. They have to work to contribute to the family’s livelihood. “Most children work in agriculture, factories, restaurants and in Rangoon’s simple...