Two decades ago, civil society in Myanmar was declared dead. Now, in the wake of reforms starting in 2010, a diverse cross section of civil society organisations (CSOs) has proliferated across the country. Many of them have made important contributions to efforts to achieve peace in a country whose people have known armed conflict and communal divisions for decades.
After four years of negotiation, the Government of Myanmar and some of the Ethnic Armed Organisations (EAOs) signed a Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) in October 2015.3 Reflecting on either side of the negotiation table, one conclusion is evident: there were few women participating in the NCA process. The Government's negotiation team, represented in direct talks by the Union Peace-making Working Committee (UPWC), comprised 52 members, of which two were women.