The Women’s League of Burma

The Women’s League of Burma (WLB) is a federation of 13 ethnic women’s rights organisations, established in 1999. Its vision is a federal democratic union of Burma premised on genuine peace, social and political justice and gender and ethnic equality. WLB’s mission is to advance the status of women towards a peaceful, just, federal democratic union of Burma.

The Women’s League of Burma AND IWDA

IWDA first partnered with WLB in 2007 on a joint project with the Karen Women’s Organisation to support training courses for emerging women leaders. Since 2014, IWDA and WLB have partnered on a Foundation for a Just Society (FJS) funded project with a focus on increasing women’s meaningful participation in national peace building processes and strengthening a unified women’s rights movement in Myanmar for national policy advocacy on gender equality.

Quick Facts

  • WLB were part of a group that travelled to the United Nations in Geneva to present their findings on how the Myanmar Government had upheld their commitments to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
  • WLB runs an Emerging Leaders Political Empowerment School, a six month course which has since 2012 equipped more than 40 young women as powerful agents of social change.
  • WLB’s Peace Building and Reconciliation program provides negotiation and peacebuilding activities for up to 3,000 people every year.