Humanitarian Action & Decision-Making

Launched in 2020, the Young Women Leader for Peace chapter in Myanmar works with local young women, male gender equality allies, and LGBTQIA+ youth, particularly from Yangon, Karen, Shan, Kachin, and Rakhine states with a focus on peace and security processes, humanitarian action, and political decision-making.

As implementation of the Women, Peace and Security and Youth, Peace and Security agendas in Myanmar have been non-existent, a key challenge identified by the YWL members will be to highlight the relevance and importance of these resolutions. With the ongoing human rights violations inflicted on the Rohingya, it is of utmost urgency that these agendas be implemented.

Accountability for the Rohingya Genocide

In Myanmar, there are reports of continued violations of the human rights of Rohingya and other ethnic minorities, despite the ongoing case between the Gambia and the Burmese government concerning violations of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Due to state repression against groups and individuals advocating for an end to the atrocities against the Rohingya, there is notable silence on this issue inside Myanmar. However, the YWL members bravely advocate for the protection of the human rights of historically marginalized ethnic groups in Myanmar and the prevention of conflict with regional and global stakeholders. 

Advocacy for Democracy and Human Rights

Following the military coup in February 2021, the YWL members mobilized on the frontlines of the civil disobedience movement for democracy and human rights in Yangon, Mandalay, Naypyidaw, Dawei, and Myityina. As part of the civil disobedience movement, young women leaders and male gender equality allies banged pots and pans, sang national revolution songs, honked car horns, sat on roads with signs demanding good governance, and organized mobile talk shows to raise awareness of the military’s brutal crackdown on protesters.

Fearlessly, the young peacebuilders demanded the respect and protection of the human rights of the people of Myanmar; as well as the immediate release of political leaders, civil society activists, and all others detained unlawfully by the military. They also called for:

  • restoration of democracy, resumption of Parliament, and respect for the outcome of the November 2020 national elections;
  • irreversible reforms to the national constitution to strengthen language on human rights and democracy and prevent recurrence of such actions;
  • immediate restoration of the internet and all other forms of communication in Myanmar; and
  • uninhibited delivery of humanitarian aid to refugees and internally displaced persons.

© 2020, Young Women Leaders from Myanmar during GNWP workshop

News & Blogs

Updates on the Young Women Leaders for Peace in Myanmar

Launching Young Women Leaders for Peace Myanmar: An important step in the advancement of the Women, Peace and Security and Youth, Peace and Security agendas

November 20, 2020 By Mallika Iyer and Heela Yoon Edited by Mavic Cabrera-Balleza “We are not afraid to hold our government accountable. We are ready to mobilize for constitutional reform and military accountability,” expressed a young peacebuilder[1] during the “Training of Trainers” (ToT) on the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) ...
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Solidarity with the People of Myanmar

February 4, 2021 The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) strongly condemns the military coup, which jeopardizes the peaceful democratic transition in Myanmar. On 1 February 2021, the Tatmadaw (military) arbitrarily detained civilian government officials and civil society leaders and declared a state of emergency on the grounds of disputed ...
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“We are building our own history”: Thinzar Shunlei Yi talks to GNWP about the future of Myanmar amidst a military coup

Written by Anniesa Hussain, Peacebuilding Programs Intern for Asia Edited by Mallika Iyer, Asia Programs Coordinator and Humanitarian Action Specialist On February 1, 2021, the Tatmadaw (Myanmar military) usurped the National League for Democracy, detained civilian government officials and civil society leaders- declaring a state of emergency on the grounds ...
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GNWP Reports from Indonesia: Advancing Women, Peace and Security (WPS), Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) and Humanitarian Action in Southeast Asia

24 February 2023 by Bianca Pabotoy* and Katrina Leclerc** Two months after the adoption of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) Regional Plan of Action on Women, Peace and Security (RPA WPS), the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) made its way to Indonesia. In partnership with the Asian ...
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