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IDRC-Funded Book Workshop on Gender and Politics in Myanmar

PhD student Cassandra Preece and Dr. Netina Tan hosted a virtual IDRC-funded book workshop with 10 domestic and international collaborators to discuss their book project on women’s political participation in Myanmar.

Oct 20, 2021

On October 8th and 9th 2021, PhD student Cassandra Preece and Dr. Netina Tan hosted a virtual book workshop to discuss the research findings from a three-year project funded by the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on women’s political participation and party politics in Myanmar. The book project entitled “Putting Women Up: Promoting Gender Equality in Myanmar Politics” examines the attitudes and practices of political parties and community members toward male and female political leaders, and investigates how men and women face different challenges to become members of parliament.

The data of the book will be drawn from two years of fieldwork that includes 70 in-depth qualitative interviews; 2,889 cross-country surveys in 4 regions; 9 focus group discussions; and 98 semi-structured interviews at the ward and village level across Myanmar. This book will feature collaborative findings from both academic and practitioner perspectives, bringing together Myanmar experts (Aye Lei Tun, Hlat Myat Mon, La Ring Pausa, Khin Myo Wai and Paul Minoletti) and international academics with expertise in political science, economics, gender studies and quantitative survey analysis (Netina Tan, Meredith Weiss, Michelle Dion, Elin Bjarnegard, Guillem Riambau and Cassandra Preece).

Dr. Netina Tan and the research team acknowledge IDRC for their continued support for the book project on Myanmar and for supporting incoming PhD student Aye Lei Tun.

With IDRC grant support, new political science PhD student, Aye Lei Tun will bring her ideas and extensive knowledge of Myanmar and Southeast Asian politics to McMaster University. Aye Lei is from Mandalay, Myanmar and holds master’s degrees in Development Practice from the University of Queensland and in Gender, Human Rights and Conflict Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. She has a background in journalism and was most recently working as the Senior Gender Program Manager at EMReF. Her research interests include issues related to gender and sexuality, media and cultural studies.