Qatar- Ooredoo empowers Myanmar women to become entrepreneurs

(MENAFN – Gulf Times) Ooredoo Myanmar has honoured Myanmar Women’s Day by celebrating the success of its Village Kiosk programme. As part of this initiative, Ooredoo selects women with basic education levels and offers them an opportunity to run their own village kiosk business, the company has said in a statement. Ooredoo provides the start-up […]

Bar owner takes on prejudices

Lured by the prospect of running her own restaurant, Ma Hnin Yee Tun Win sold all her belongings in Australia and flew back to her native homeland during Myanmar’s democratic transition in August 2015. “I returned mainly to do business. I planned to do it for two years and, if unsuccessful, go back to Australia,” […]

Dawei SEZ may make local communities worse off: study

Research shows that the scaling up and regularisation of trade and investment through Dawei Special Economic Zone has a risk to narrow, restrict, or reduce economic spaces or practices in which women predominate, pushing women towards precarious positions in labour hierarchies. Dawei Development Association (DDA), affected community members and EarthRights International launched a new report […]

Ooredoo’s maternal app for Myanmar wins award

Ooredoo has been honoured with a Gold Stevie Award at the Women in Business Awards in New York for its mobile maternal healthcare app “maymay”, developed in Myanmar in conjunction with local start-up Koe Koe Tech and NGO Population Services International (PSI), aiming to help reduce the country’s high maternal and infant mortality rates. Launched […]

Myanmar’s garment workers join forces amid lure of city jobs

YANGON – When Aye Cho Khine left her family in a farming town in central Myanmar for work and better pay in the city of Yangon 16 years ago, she felt lost and bewildered. “I was only 19. Yangon was so big, there were so many people and I only had two friends so I […]

Myanmar’s female movers and shakers

Women have always been at the forefront of efforts to improve society and combat injustice in Myanmar. In the early 20th century when the country was under British rule, women were an important part of the nationalist movement that culminated in the restoration of Myanmar’s independence in 1948. In recent history, women from all spheres, […]

Prospect for women in changing Myanmar

Myanmar has undergone huge changes in recent years in an attempt to open the country’s doors to foreign investment and catch up with the increasingly modernised world. Looking at the largest city, Yangon, it is obvious that modernisation is creeping into the country, with multinationals including Mercedes, Chevrolet and Hilton entering the market, with many […]