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December 7, 2015

This report documents leadership journeys of women in local leadership roles in Myanmar, in particular of Myanmar’s small cohort of female village tract/ward administrators (VT/WAs). The report is based on field interviews with 15 female VT/WAs undertaken in June and July 2015, and data from the UNDP Myanmar Local Governance Mapping conducted between late 2013 and early 2015. Complementing previous studies on social norms and women’s participation in governance in Myanmar, in this report the lives of a number of existing local female leaders and their experiences with local election and leadership take center stage, granting insight in how barriers to women’s participation can be overcome and local leadership can be expanded.

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