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Safe Access to Jobs for Migrant Women in Myanmar

Myanmar | RUN BY: CARE Australia | Status: funded

This project aims to help women migrants from rural areas, who are at great risk of exploitation, find safe employment, gain protections against violence and access health services and other support in urban cities in Myanmar.

Project Background

Women migrants in urban Myanmar are considered ‘outsiders’ by the local community and local authorities which can force them into living in dangerous, unsanitary and cramped conditions and taking on low-paid,  exploitative and risky work. Fees must also be paid to employment brokers, which further strains women’s limited financial resources, keeping them in a cycle of poverty.

Women migrants are frequently exposed to other dangers, such as violence and are vulnerable to entering the sex industry due to financial pressures. Additionally, many women have limited access to sexual and reproductive health services, putting their health and well-being at risk.

Project Aims

The project’s goal is to improve access to safe employment for women migrants in urban Myanmar. Many of these women live in the outskirts of Yangon and Mandalay and arrive from rural locations in search of work with little money or social support. This puts them at great risk of exploitation and falling into work that is insecure, dangerous and underpaid.

The project seeks to support migrant women by:

  • Improving safe employment options
  • Providing legal and policy protection
  • Creating income options and promote social inclusion
  • Providing access to employment, health and legal services

Intermediate Project Outcomes

  • Women migrants have safer income options; i.e. Women have marketable skills and can find safe job market opportunities (200 women undertake job readiness training, 250 women attend career seminars and are aware of career options).
  • Women migrant workers have more and better options over their sexual reproductive and maternal health, i.e. better understanding of health services they can use and where to go to access them. A particular focus is on reaching newly arrived migrants (Target: 2,500 recent women migrants are aware of available services within CARE network.)
  • Women migrants experience less abuse and a more responsive policy and institutional environment i.e. Migrant and host communities have basic legal literacy (1,200 community members and 120 paralegals trained).
  • Women migrant workers are experiencing greater social support; i.e. Social inclusion promoted through community events (Target: 4,000 women and men from host and migrant communities participate).

Project Funding

Funding for the project will allow for:

  • Provision of Services; the development, planning and meetings conducted with key health, sexual & reproductive services in the community.  Identification and linkage to key legal services.
  • Social Inclusion; providing education and teaching strategies on the importance of all migrant groups being able to participate and create opportunities within their community.
  • Monitoring & Evaluation; planning & review of meetings, strategy development.
  • Protection; discussions and linkage with police, child safety organisation, government bodies.

Project Partners

CARE ensures the project is sustainable by engaging entire communities and works with implementing partners including local schools, councils, national government and other NGOs, including:

  • Department of Education
  • MyJob.com
  • Department of Social Welfare
  • Legal Clinic, Myanmar
  • Marie Stopes International
  • BRAC

The Broader Strategy

This project is aligned with CARE Myanmar’s long-term strategy under its Socially Marginalised Women program. This project’s baseline provided an in-depth understanding of the socio-economic and political environment of migrant women and one of the key findings was that migrant women faced employment challenges. This includes lack of knowledge about where to look, who to ask, lack of identity to secure employment, experiencing stigma and a lack of money for basic needs. Project activities have been developed accordingly.


Fundraising status

Project cost:(AUD) 25,000.00




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R.Abdulwahed I.AJELARA A.AL Sabbagh M.Aldana N.Barziza C.Brady F.Callegaro S.CAMPORESI L.CHECHANG F.Chong B.Cotey E.Creagh Fischesser S.Dajee V.De Vivo M.Deza de Renero N.Di Dolci E.Dionne P.Dizdar K.Dunkel S.Durack K.ELEZIS A.Evangelista J.Fernandez Lamas C.FINNIE R.Fisher L.Gamble B.Gardner S.Gazsi E.Go A.Guadagna I.Ismanalijev S.Jayawickrama R.Kapali H.Kure A.Landström C.Lentfer R.Liuzzi T.Lynch P.Maj A.mandziy A.Matveev H.Miwa M.Mondejar V.Morales Martinez M.MROUE S.Mua N.Murinello A.Nabie D.Nastou A.Nikolic O.O Donoghue A.Osep S.Pavone R.Perafan N.Peral N.Pimentel D.Prieto Salazar K.Probert D.Quiros R.Rajan V.Róbertsson M.Saba C.sailis Y.SHEN M.Shimata A.Silva Pereira C.Studer S.Sui N.Thapa A.Vaz H.von Buxhoeveden T.Weisenberger J.Yanez M.Yap