Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Why gender matters in peace and conflict

Peace is not just the absence of hostilities, but a condition of development, freedom, justice and the enjoyment of human rights. We cannot have peace without development, and we cannot have development without peace.

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Men and gender in the peace process: Are they worlds apart?

The recently formed Myanmar Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the Peace Process provides gender-based analysis of power structures with the aim of increasing the role of women in public life.

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Building peace, one deal at a time

The peace process in Myanmar is about changing the status quo. That means challenging all stakeholders to transform the ongoing conflicts into peace.

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Where there is sunshine, there are also shadows

Right after the election, The Global New Light of Myanmar – still useful reading for the avid Myanmar watcher – trumpeted the “dawn of a new era”.

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The election: hope but more work to do

Myanmar’s election has captivated and inspired the world. The people have spoken and their desire for change has been heard.

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Why consultation is crucial to building a stronger democracy

Sitting on the side of the road sipping tea with the leadership of a street committee in urban Sittwe, we first heard a powerful message about Myanmar’s democracy.

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No confidence, or no opportunity?

Last week I wrote that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s landslide victory marked a new era for women’s rights in Myanmar, while cautioning that there are many challenges ahead.

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Will the region’s Donald Trump please back off

Success can breed a form of contempt that makes some national leaders act as if most common people, as well as all their political opponents, are several rungs below them on the evolutionary scale.

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Sins of omission in Myanmar society

In assessing the outcome of the Burma Socialist Programme Party’s stewardship of the nation and the economic consequences of the Burmese Way to Socialism, Dr Maung Maung – the last president of the country under the regime – made the following observations.

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Hope, division and the vote

An optimistic but divided country emerges in the wake of Myanmar’s 2015 election and anticipates an overhaul of the political system.

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