Project profile — Women's Voice and Leadership - Myanmar


Nordic International Support Foundation
2019-01-28 - 2024-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Myanmar (100.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project is part of Canada’s Women’s Voice and Leadership Program, which supports local and regional women’s organizations and networks that are working to promote women’s rights, and advance women’s empowerment and gender equality in developing countries. This is done by supporting activities, building institutional capacity, and promoting network and alliance-building as women’s rights and feminist organizations are critical agents of change. The Program also responds to the globally recognized, significant gap in funding and support to women’s rights organizations and movements around the world. This project, implemented through the Nordic International Support Foundation, provides multi-year funding to approximately 10 to 15 sub-national women’s rights organizations across Myanmar including in conflict areas. Other project activities include: (1) providing fast, responsive support to organizations for discrete activities and short projects to enable timely and strategic responses to unforeseen events; (2) building the capacity of organizations; and (3) supporting network and alliance-building between organizations.

Expected results 

The expected results for the project include: (1) improved management and sustainability of local women's rights organizations (WROs) in Myanmar; (2) enhanced delivery of quality services and advocacy by local WROs to advance gender equality; and (3) enhanced collaboration and collective action to advance gender equality and the rights of women and girls by local WROs.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) 100% of women’s rights organizations supported under Women’s Voice and Leadership (WVL). Myanmar reported that they have established or implemented new best governance and management practices; (2) 100% of women’s rights organizations supported under WVL Myanmar reported that they have increased their ability to deliver quality programming; (3) planned and organized a series of online workshops, forums, events and social media campaigns led by WVL Myanmar implementing partners in collaboration with other women’s rights and LGBTQI+ organizations and networks; (4) provided support to establish Myanmar’s first national network for women and disabilities by the leadership of WVL partner; and (5) supported the establishment of a national Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LBTQ) network, with representation from LBTQ networks and groups from 18 different cities across the country.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $1,250,115
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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