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Supporting safer communities in Myanmar

Community-driven sexual and gender-based violence reduction

This project promoted greater awareness of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Myanmar and strengthened relationships among communities, civil society and local authorities to help tackle the issue.

SGBV is a widespread problem in Myanmar, including sexual violence, intimate partner violence, trafficking, forced and early marriage, and abuse and discrimination against sexual and gender minorities (such as persons who identify as LGBT+). Generally, SGBV affects women, girls, men, boys and LGBT+ persons differently depending on factors such as ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation and age.

We held 12 trainings with over 330 people from civil society, social networks, service providers and local authorities to improve understanding of the forms and extent of SGBV against women and girls, men and boys and LGBT+ persons. Participants joined local networks where information about SGBV issues can be shared and updated, and developed action plans for reducing SGBV in their communities.

We also supported multiple awareness campaigns on SGBV, including our partner Kings N Queens’ public advocacy campaign, which was a significant milestone in raising public awareness of LGBT+ issues in Myanmar. Another partner, Thingaha Gender Organization, organised a public statement by their local community affirming their commitment to reducing SGBV.

This project was focused on the areas of Yangon, Bago region, Shan state and Mon state. It ran from September 2016 to August 2017.