Why so few women in peace talks, demand Myanmar campaigners

Activists fight back against women’s marginalisation from attempts to find a lasting end to one of the world’s longest running civil wars

Rights advocates in Myanmar are calling on Aung San Suu Kyi’s government to halt discrimination against women after its failure to include them in talks to end one of the world’s longest running civil wars.

Just 14% of official participants at the recent landmark Union Peace Conference were women, according to initial analysis by the Myanmar Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the Peace Process (Agipp). The group says the figure was even lower for the government cohort, which included just seven women – 9% – among the 75 people it sent to the talks, which took place in the capital, Naypyidaw, during the last week of August.

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