Women strug­gling to find em­ploy­ment: min­is­ter

The Myanmar Times - - News - NAY AUNG nayaung@mm­times.com

ED­U­CATED women are strug­gling to find jobs, while most of those who do have work are not in po­si­tions of au­thor­ity, Magwe Re­gion So­cial Min­is­ter U Khin Maung Aye said at a cer­e­mony to mark the In­ter­na­tional Day for the Elim­i­na­tion of Vi­o­lence Against Women.

“We have seen progress in the women’s ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor but there is an im­bal­ance in the ra­tio of em­ploy­ment af­ter grad­u­a­tion,” he said at the Novem­ber 29 event. “The em­ploy­ment rate is low … and most ed­u­cated women are not in de­ci­sion-mak­ing po­si­tions.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Gen­der Equality and Women’s Rights sur­vey, in 200809 51.4 per­cent of gov­ern­ment min­istry work­ers were women. That rose to 52.4pc in 2010-11. Po­si­tions in mid­dle man­age­ment rose from 32.5 to 37pc over that pe­riod, U Khin Maung Aye said.

“Women are work­ing paid jobs and they have also taken re­spon­si­bil­ity for deal­ing with un­paid house­hold work,” said the min­is­ter.

Oc­cu­pa­tion data from the 2014 cen­sus re­leased ear­lier this year re­vealed that in al­most all states and re­gions the fe­male un­em­ploy­ment rate was higher than the male fig­ure. Over­all, the em­ploy­ment-to-pop­u­la­tion ra­tio is much higher for males at 81pc than for fe­males at 48pc. Women were mostly re­spon­si­ble for un­paid, house­hold work.

More than half of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion is women and it is bet­ter if women get more op­por­tu­ni­ties to use their skills and abil­i­ties in the on­go­ing de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try and the peace process, said Ma Mu Sel from the Burmese Women’s Union.

Civil so­ci­ety groups are cur­rently run­ning a 16-day cam­paign, which be­gan on Novem­ber 25, with the mis­sion of end­ing vi­o­lence against women.

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