Myanmar National Human Rights Commission attends the National Training Programme in UNSCR 1325- Women, Peace and Security

The National Training Programme in UNSCR 1325- Women, Peace and Security was held in Stockholm, and in Uppsala, Sweden from 9-27 May 2016. U Soe Phone Myint, member of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission attended the said Training Programme. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) offered the Training Programme and nominated suitable participants from the Union Ministries and civil society organizations including the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC). One participant from the MNHRC, two participants from the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, two participants from the Ministry of Health, two participants from the Ministry of Home Affairs, one participant form the Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association, one participant from the Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation, and (20) participants from the civil society organizations including UNDP, altogether (29) participants attended the Training Programme.

The Training Programme aims to: (1) Develop an increased understanding about women’s situation and special needs in conflicts; (2) Build capacity on how to use tools and methods for the implementation of UNSCR 1325; (3) Develop an understanding on how institutions and organizations can operationalise UNSCR 1325; (4) Increase knowledge on how to use and encourage women’s influence and participation in the political process during conflicts; (5) Build national and international networks on UNSCR 1325.

In the Training,  lectures were given and discussion were made by the relevant trainers on “ Introduction to UNSCR 1325; Project Management; Human Rights; Introduction Coaching change projects; Introduction to Gender and Gender and Conflict; Security Sector and Human Rights Defenders from a 1325 Perspective; Advocacy and Communication; Traditional Media and Interview Technique; International Law; Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Conflict; Gender Responsive Budgeting; Women’s Political Participation – The Quota Systems; Questions and Answers in Coaching; Conflict Analysis; Conflict Resolution; Women in Politics in Thailand /Women and Peace in Asia”. In addition, there were study visits to the Swedish Parliament, the Domestic Violence Center in cooperation with the Police, Stockholm, and the National Centre for Knowledge on Men’s Violence Against Women (NCK), Uppsala. Group discussions and presentations, individual participation and discussions, and questions and answers were made throughout the Training.

South East Asia National Human Rights Institution Forum (SEANF) Technical Working Group Meeting ( 2/2016) convened

The South East Asia National Human Rights Institution Forum, Technical Working Group Meeting (2/2016) was held at the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission on 2-3 June 2016 and attended by the National Human Rights Institutions of Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Timor Leste.

At the opening session, U Win Mra, Chairman of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission which is current Chair of the SEANF made an opening remark. At the meeting, the representatives discussed on the establishment of Permanent Secretariat of SEANF, Developments in GANHRI by SEANF Members, Sustainable Development Goals, the rights of older persons and ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, among others.

The Special Meeting of SEANF also examined the initial draft of the SEANF Strategic Plan 2017-2022 on 1 June 2016 back to back with the SEANF- TWG Meeting (2/2016). The 13th Annual Meeting of SEANF will be held in September 2016 in Nay Pyi Taw, it is learnt.