Protecting "women and girls first"

Program start 1993
Impacted population ongoing

Promoting advocacy and policies against gender-based violence.

Context

In Myanmar, gender inequality and women’s exposure to violence, harassment, and abuse are not only critical risks but also a major obstacle to national development and peace-building. For the vision of a modern, developed and democratic Myanmar to become a reality, it is essential that women and girls have full access to education, training, and economic opportunities and that their leadership capacities are strengthened to enable them to participate in general decision-making.

Our action

This programme, carried out in partnership with United Nations Population Fund and in collaboration with various ministries and authorities at national and regional levels in 7 states, aims to inform and train women, girls, and adolescents from ethnic minorities and other vulnerable and marginalized groups – including those affected by conflict – in sexual and reproductive health.

It also involves advocacy and capacity building for the formulation and implementation of human rights-based, multi-sectoral policies and interventions to prevent and mitigate the effects of gender-based violence among the targeted groups.

Program impact

FXB began its activities in Myanmar in 1993 to ensure the economic and social reintegration of 95 Burmese girls freed from forced prostitution during a police raid (in Thailand) initiated by FXB’s founder, Albina du Boisrouvray, and the Thai government.

Since then, FXB has been developing programs that provide thousands of women and girls each year with access to education and information, training and economic opportunities, as well as leadership capacity building to enable them to participate in mainstream decision-making.

Testimonial

During the training I received, I met a woman who had been a victim of domestic violence. My dream since then has been to start my own business and hire women with a painful past.

Maya