Engendering women’s political recruitment and participation in Myanmar

In 2017, to sustain Myanmar’s democratic transition, IDRC and Global Affairs Canada launched an initiative entitled Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar (K4DM) to nurture dialogue about the transition process and promote economic growth that benefits women and men of all ethnicities.

The initiative aims to strengthen analytical thinking and research capacity on these issues through four modalities: capacity development for individuals, including emerging researchers, civil society, and policymakers; engagement and collaboration, through roundtables, conferences, workshops, and other forms of policy dialogue; capacity development for institutions, providing support for think tanks and government; and funding for research projects on the topics of inclusive democratic governance and economic development. This project addresses the fourth modality. It is one of the five selected entries under the call “Gender equality and decentralization”, launched in July 2017.

Women’s parliamentary representation in Myanmar remains low (10.5%) compared to the regional and global averages (19.4% and 23.3%, respectively). The aim of this project is to provide evidence on current recruitment and candidate selection practices within Burmese political parties to show how these factors impact women’s political representation at the national and local levels. The project will also investigate attitudes towards female political leaders at different levels of government and in communities. With this evidence, researchers seek to inform decision-makers about the pathways that promote women’s political participation in Myanmar. Lastly, a comparative analysis of women’s political representation in Malaysia and Indonesia will help identify regional lessons.

Project leaders and staff from the Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation in Yangon will collaborate with McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario on the research design and implementation. Among the outputs are reports synthesizing research findings, policy briefs and media articles, as well as policy workshops to promote research uptake.

Project ID

108738

Project status

Active

Duration

36 months

IDRC Officer

Alejandra Vargas Garcia

Total funding

CA$ 412,400

Countries

Myanmar

Program

Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar

Project Leader

Daw Aye Lei Tun

Institution

Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation

Institution Country

Myanmar

Institution Website

http://www.emref.org