Organisation Internationale de Droit du Développement

Prevention and accountability for sexual and gender-based violence in Myanmar

Strengthening prevention and accountability for sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) through the rule of law and access to justice has been a priority for the Government of Myanmar since 2011, when it embarked on an unprecedented transition towards democracy. SGBV cases are rarely reported and, when they are, the justice sector fails to provide adequate remedies. Therefore, there is a widely recognized need to increase prevention of and accountability for SGBV.

Funded by the United States Department of State, IDLO is implementing a project that aims to increase prevention and accountability for SGBV crimes in the conflict-affected areas of Kachin and Shan states. IDLO will facilitate a series of community-level dialogue bringing together justice sector actors and community members to discuss SGBV in their communities. In order to enhance institutional capacity when responding to SGBV cases, IDLO will develop and deliver specialized Training of Trainers courses for senior officials at the Union level in Nay Pyi Taw, focusing on the specific responsibilities of relevant justice sector providers. The training material developed under this project will encourage justice sector service providers to take a survivor-centered and gender sensitive approach in responding to SGBV cases, ensuring better outcomes for survivors of violence.