Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye discusses gender perspective for COVID-19 rehabilitation period

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Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye takes part in UN Women meeting on gender perspective for the rehabilitation period of COVID-19. Photo: MNA

Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye joined the virtual ministerial roundtable yesterday to share experiences among Asia-Pacific countries on the contribution of gender perspective during the rehabilitation period of COVID-19.
Organized by the UN Women, the meeting was held on videoconference with the participation of ministers from Australia, Fiji, Cambodia, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar and the Republic of Korea. The ministers who are also working for women affairs discussed priorities on gender issue in response to COVID-19, national-level experiences in the Asia-Pacific region and innovative practices.
At the meeting, Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye talked about Myanmar’s measures against abuse on women, prevention of domestic violence, employment opportunities for rural women and the migrant women who returned from neighbouring countries, the government’s relief assistance to the vulnerable groups such as women, children and elderly persons at IDP camps, cares for women and children at the quarantine centres, providing social protection funds, expansion of social protection plan, cash assistance for the pregnant women and children and increase of elderly funds.
The ministers from participant countries also shared their experiences including tax exemption for migrant women, cash for work programmes for them, supports and counselling for isolated communities and challenges in their countries.
Deputy Executive Director of the UN Women Ms Anita Bhatia made a concluding remark, emphasizing resources in implementing women issues, gender equality issue in COVID-19 measures, inclusion of gender perspective in adopting policies and plans in respective countries and the needs to collect gender data during COVID-19 pandemic.—MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)

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