This project is part of Canada’s Women’s Voice and Leadership Program, which supports local and regional women’s organizations and networks that are working to promote women’s rights, and advance women’s empowerment and gender equality in developing countries. This is done by supporting activities, building institutional capacity, and promoting network and alliance-building as women’s rights and feminist organizations are critical agents of change. The Program also responds to the globally recognized, significant gap in funding and support to women’s rights organizations and movements around the world. This project, implemented through the Nordic International Support Foundation, provides multi-year funding to approximately 10 to 15 sub-national women’s rights organizations across Myanmar including in conflict areas. Other project activities include: (1) providing fast, responsive support to organizations for discrete activities and short projects to enable timely and strategic responses to unforeseen events; (2) building the capacity of organizations; and (3) supporting network and alliance-building between organizations.
The expected results for the project include: (1) improved management and sustainability of local women’s rights organizations (WROs) in Myanmar; (2) enhanced delivery of quality services and advocacy by local WROs to advance gender equality; and (3) enhanced collaboration and collective action to advance gender equality and the rights of women and girls by local WROs.