Women struggling to find employment: minister
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.