The Institute of Federalism participated in a Gender and Federalism Workshop held in Yangon, Myanmar, 22-24 September 2016
The Institute of Federalism took part in a workshop on the topic of Gender and Federalism in Yangon, Myanmar.
Organised by UN Women, Myanmar and the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Myanmar, the workshop brought together around 40 women participants from across Myanmar, including members of civil society, political groups and advocacy organisations. As Myanmar moves towards peace and reconciliation, one of the key points on the table is the introduction of a federal state. The workshop was aimed at raising awareness of federalism in Myanmar and specifically on what a federal structure would mean for women. The enthusiastic engagement by the participants reflected the contribution women could make and should make in the peace process. The discussions also included strategies to increase participation of women in the peace process.
Dr. Rekha Oleschak-Pillai presented to the Workshop participants, basic principles of federalism, institutions and competences of federal states using examples from across the world, with special reference to Switzerland and India. The other resource persons at the Workshop were Dr. Soeren Keil, Christchurch University, Canterbury, UK and Dr. Christine Forster, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Link to Hanns Seidel Foundation Myanmar,
Link to UN Women, Myanmar