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Burma: Peace Negotiations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 18th October 2018.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made on the 30 per cent target for representation of women in the ongoing peace process between ethnic-minority armed groups in Myanmar and the government of that country as first set out following the first Union Peace Conference in January 2016.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

According to figures released by the Burmese Government, 13% of participants at the first Panglong Peace Conference in 2016 were women. At the second Panglong Peace Conference in 2017, 20% of participants were women and for the third Panglong it was 22%. Burma remains a focus country for the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for 2018 - 2022 which underlines that women being part of a peace process improves the chances for a lasting peace.

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