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    Empowering women's participation in decision making processes

  • January, 27-31, Yangon - Network/stakeholder meeting in our Women in Politics Program. 23 Women shared experiences from previous workshops and BCN’s exposure trip to India in 2013, and various activities undertaken to disseminate knowledge on gender issues.
  • Mass meetings
  • March 29,30, Than Dae - Women’s Mass Meeting. 40 Women attended this 2 day meeting. Awareness was raised on women and peace, gender based violence in conflict areas and women and security. Data collected during this meeting will be used as input for the program towards the National Dialogue. The participants were invited to join the network Shan State Women Peace Activity Network.
  • April 7, Mine Tunch - Women’s Mass Meeting. 55 Participants. After the introduction to the concepts of gender and peace, the UN resolution 1325 was explained. In the afternoon the women shared gender based issues related to their peace concept. The data collected during this meeting will be used as input for the program towards the National Dialogue. The participants were invited to join the network Shan State Women Peace Activity Network .
  • The following Women’s Mass Meetings followed the same design as at Mine Tunch:
  • April 11, Baw Sai: 50 participants
  • May 1, Khun Hein: 75 participants
  • May 8, Lashio: 20 participants
  • May 12, Nyaung Mon: 60 participants
  • August 16, Lashio: 42 participants
  • August 24, Mine Taung Inle: 41 participants
  • September 1, Taung Gyi (Pao Area): 12 participants
  • Women and Peace Forum
  • May 18-19, Taunggyi, Shan State - Women and Peace Forum. Around 150 women from Shan State gathered in Taunggyi to discuss gender based issues in relation to the transition and the peace process. This women’s forum is part of a series of similar forums planned to be held in Shan State, and will contribute to an inventory of gender related issues in Shan State. It also serves in an awareness creating strategy to ensure space for women in the peace process and their input in the national political dialogue.
  • June 18-19, Dawei, Thanintharyi Region - Women’s Mass Meeting. 25 People attended the two day meeting. Awareness was raised on women and peace, gender based violence in conflict areas and women and security. The participants shared (gender based) issues related to conflict and their peace concepts.
  • Decentralisation and Participatory Democracy
  • January 22-24, Yangon - preparation workshop for Exposure to the Philippines. A three day workshop was organised with the participants of the exposure trip to the Philippines. In these three days, an overview was given of the relevant history of the Philippines, introduced the program parts and disseminated the necessary basic knowledge on content and organisations to visit. We held group discussions on learning goals and expectations.
  • February 2-11, Manila - Exposure to the Philippines. After the preparation workshop, we travelled with a group of political actors and civil society to the Philippines. Focus on this combined exposure trip was on the decentralisation practices in the Philippines, and on the transformation process from a dictatorship to a democracy. Ample attention was given to people’s participation on a decentralised level of governance, on people’s power in processes of change as well as the flaws in the system in the Philippines, with a view of finding parallels with the situation in Myanmar.
  • Decentralisation and Democracy (D&D) workshops
  • November 2013, 26-29, Loikaw, Kayah State. In Loikaw, a four day workshop on decentralisation and democracy was held for 48 participants from Kayah civil society and political actors.
  • May 6-9, Lashio, Northern Shan State, and
  • May 12-15, Tachileik, Eastern Shan State. In both areas, village books were made (25 villages in Northern Shan State and 20 villages in Eastern Shan State). These two D&D workshop followed the same agenda.
  • July 5-8, Pathein, Ayeyarwady Region - D&D workshop. Before the workshop a rapid assessment of 20 villages in the Delta area was made. Around 70 participants from CSO, grassroots organizations, political parties, and village leaders attended the workshop.
  • September 9-12, Nyaung Shwe, PaO and Inle Lake area - D&D workshop. Approximately 90 participants from PaO and Inle Lake region attended the workshop. Most participants were from CSO’s and grassroots organizations. The workshop followed the same pattern as the D&D workshop in Pathein, but since PaO is a self-administered zone, special attention was given to the government structure of the PaO region. A comparison was made between the structure as it is and the provisions for self-administered zones in the constitution.
  • Land and Law, EITI awareness, Citizen rights Workshop

    Several workshops were organized to share information on Land Laws, EITI awareness, Citizen rights and Rule of Law. During these workshops, data are collected and participants chosen who are invited for the D&D workshops/Peace and Development forums. A land and law network is created.
  • March 8-9, Lashio - Land and Law Workshop. In Lashio 63 participants gathered for a 2 day workshop. A lawyer explained laws related to land: Citizen, fundamental Act Rights and Duties of Citizens; 1963 protection Law for farmers; Vacant, Fallow, Virgin Management law; Agricultural law; Forestry law and 2012 New Land Law. A member of the Shan State EITI team explained the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and how the Standard can act as a tool for communities to get access to information on mining companies, for example if a mining company has a license.
  • The following workshops followed the same pattern as the Land and Law workshop in Lashio.
  • June 28 - 30: Pekon - land and law awareness training - 75 participants
  • August 14 - 16: Kyaing Tong - land and law awareness training - 150 participants
  • August 10 - 12: Tar Lay - land and law awareness training - 109 participants
  • The following follow up and extension meetings were organised in the Land and Law program, sometimes on request of participants who had heard about the workshop and wanted to share in the knowledge within their communities, because from some of these workshops successes were gained, such as unlawfully acquired or grabbed land that was returned to farmers, or because mining companies were held accountable for their actions due to the empowering message shared in these workshops.
    From these follow up meetings and the awareness workshops ( as well as the D&D workshops), the Land and Law network is build.
  • April 8: Baw Hsai - extension and follow up meeting - 60 participants
  • April 7: Ho Pong Township, Naung Mon village - extension meeting - 121 participants
  • April 10: Ywar Ngan Township, Hta Min Paung village - extension meeting - 84 participants
  • April 24: Ywar Ngan Township, Hta Min Paung village - extension meeting - 220 participants
  • May 3: Kyaut Mae Township - extension meeting - 120 participants
  • May 21: Ho Pong Township, Naung Mon - extension meeting - 115 participants
  • May 24: Lant Pat Kar Township - extension meeting - 92 participants
  • May 25: Thein Ni Township - extension meeting - 45 participants
  • June 9: Naung Ta Yar Township, Chan village - extension meeting - 60 participants
  • June 10: Pin Laung township, Htar Ngo village - extension meeting - 115 participants
  • June 11: Pin Laung Township, Saung Se village - extension meeting - 95 participants
  • June 14: Si Paw Township - extension meeting - 260 participants
  • June 15: Nant Ma Tu Township - extension meeting - 42 participants
  • June 24: Hta Thom, Nam Ta Yar Township - extension meeting - 35 participants
  • August 29: Ti Kyit village - follow up meeting - 155 participants
  • Village Books
    Village books were made in:
  • March - May: Eastern Shan State - 20 villages
  • April - June: Kayah State - 30 villages
  • June: Delta region - 20 villages (rapid assessment)
  • June - September: Thanintharyi - 15 villages
  • June - September: Northern Shan State -25 villages
  • Strengthening civil society networks and grassroots participatory democracy Peace and development (P&D) Forums
  • December, 1-4 (2013), Taunggyi, Shan State – P&D Forum.
    In Taunggyi, Shan State, around 150 representatives of civil society from several states and divisions came together to debate the issues of peace, development and people’s participation. In three days of open discussion sessions and group work sessions, the relations between development and peace; justice and peace and peace and political participation were addressed. Local issues were debated and experiences were shared in an engaging and sometimes highly charged manner.

    The forum ended with the creation of a Peace and Development Network, and the adoption of a statement.

    The information gathered in the forums can be used as building blocks for the input from civil society in the National Political Dialogue.
  • May 20-22, Taunggyi, Shan State – P&D Forum. For three days, around 150 men and women from Shan State came together to address the topics of peace, development and people’s participation in the transformation from dictatorship towards democracy. Resource persons gave lectures on the rule of law, the role of civil society in political processes and decentralisation. A statement was made by the participants, which was shared with the media.
  • July 12-14, Mawlamyine, Mon State (Mon State) – P&D Forum. 180 participants from Mon State gathered for three days to discuss topics of peace and development. Resource persons shared their view on peace and development, after which the participants could discuss the topics started by the resource persons. Topics discussed were: Peace and Justice, Role CSO in Peace process, Education, Drugs, Peace and Development and Women and Peace. A statement was made by the participants which was shared with the State Government, the local MP’s, politicians and Non State Armed Groups.
  • July 21-23, Loikaw, Kayah State – P&D Forum. For three days about 175 participants from grassroots organizations, CBO’s and CSO’s from Kayah State came together in Loikaw to discuss the topics Peace, Development, Decentralization and Democracy. Resource persons introduced the topics Decentralization, Democratization and Development, Public participation in peace and development process, Women and peace and Peace and justice. A representative of the ABSDF shared an update of the peace process. The participants made a statement which was shared with the media.
  • Other activities
  • January 27-29 , Yangon - Federalism workshop. 22 participants from civil society organizations from the region discussed models of federalism in connection to the actual situation in Myanmar. Federalism, decentralization, power sharing and the constitution of 2008 are topics that are hotly debated in Myanmar, in the run up to the elections of 2015.
  • September 7-9, Shwe Bo, Sagaing Region – Election candidate workshop. The 28 participants came from CSO’s, NLD and farmers. This three day workshop was organized to increase the knowledge of community members on selecting the right candidates for their constituencies and to mobilize and empower community members to engage in selecting right candidates for a meaningful democratic transition process.
  • September 15-16, Mawlamyine, Mon state – Organisational Development (OD) workshop. A two day workshop for partner civil society organisations in Mawlamyine was organized. During this workshop organizational structures and how to strengthen them were shared, and mechanisms to reflect on the organization were explored.
  • Team building, planning and evaluation
  • September 27-28, Taunggyi - National Dialogue training. After an introduction of peace and dialogue processes and various ways to change the constitution, resource person Dr.Siebert explained the process from National Cease Fire Agreement to National Dialogue in Myanmar and the role CSO can play in this process of change.
  • Team training.
  • September 18-22, Taunggyi. A five day training for BCN’s core team was organized on request of the team members. The agenda was developed in cooperation with the team, based on their needs and wishes. Half of the training was spent on Organizational Development, the other half on international case studies to get a better and more thorough understanding of peace processes, decentralization, democratization and reconciliation.
  • Planning and evaluation.
  • All through this program year, BCN has held regular planning and evaluation sessions, to ensure the aims and objectives of the program are followed, as well as being able to adapt designs of trainings and workshops to perceived local needs. This process has consolidated our partnerships, and enables us to co-create our projects.

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