Negotiating inclusion: a study of women’s participation in the Myanmar Peace Process

Event details

Department of International Relations Seminar

Date & time

Friday 21 September 2018


APCD Boardroom, Level 2, Hedley Bull Building #130, cnr Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU
ANU Canberra


Dr Sara Davies, Griffith University


Julia Ahrens
+61 2 6125 2167

In the institutional arrangements specific to women’s participation in the peace process, progress has been slowly made in advocating representation, justice, and equality. Between 2011 and 2015, 7 of 11 peace agreements refer to women’s representation, gender justice and gender equality (UN Women 2015). In Myanmar, undergoing its first nationwide peace process since 2015, the agreements meet gender inclusive criteria with reference to representation, protection and equality. However, representation in the Union and state committees remains far below the aspirational 30 percent. Women’s rights groups at the Union and State level are increasingly concerned with the gap between mentioning gender inclusion measures in the agreement and realising them in practice. Informed by the ‘lessons learned’ from prior research on optimal conditions for women’s participation in peace negotiations, this seminar explores why implementation of inclusion is proving difficult in Myanmar.

Dr Sara Davies is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and Associate Professor at the Centre for Governance and Public Policy and Griffith Asia Institute, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Australia. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Gender Peace and Security Initiative, School of Social Sciences, Monash University. This presentation is part of a three year project ARC Linkage Project, “Towards Inclusive Peace: Mapping Gender Provisions of Peace Agreements”, between Monash University and the Australian Government. The project is investigating how peace agreements can advance women’s rights and participation after post-conflict and political transitions.

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