In the past century, women's place in society has dramatically changed and their role as an essential part of the political, social and economic life has increased. As a matter of fact, it could appear as gender equality has been achieved. However, gender equality represents much more than just the proportion of men and women in the workplace. Having women in the labour force can bring economic benefits, but a lot more needs to be done in earning the same pay as their male peers doing the same work and getting the same chances at promotion to leadership and management.
In this context, EuroCham Myanmar is organising with the Business Coalition for Gender Equality (BCGE) a Breakfast Talk to bring together companies, not-for-profit organisations, the government and the civil society to benchmark the situation and further help building the business case for gender equality in Myanmar, by leading by example and learning from a collective experience.
This Breakfast Talk will be the third event organised by the EuroCham Myanmar Responsible Business Initiative. This group was launched in 2019 and provides EuroCham’s members with a platform where they can share and exchange practical expertise and know-how in responsible business management. By doing so, EuroCham Myanmar aims to foster positive and mutual collaboration amongst businesses, government, non-governmental organisations and the general public.
The Business Coalition for Gender Equality (BCGE) is a non-profit association and also a coalition of companies that are committed to promoting gender equality in the workplace in Myanmar.
BCGE encourages companies in the commercial sector to initiate workplace gender equality practices and serves as a center of excellence to support their journey.
BCGE’s services include EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality), the leading global assessment methodology and business certification standard for gender equality, as well as other workplace gender equality assessments and tools such as Know Your WGE and GEARS (Gender Equality Assessment, Results and Strategies). Currently, Myanmar has more EDGE-certified companies than any other country in Asia, all of whom are Founding Members of BCGE.
07.30 – 08.00: Registration
08.00 – 08.10: Opening remarks by Marc de la Fouchardiere, EuroCham Myanmar Executive Director
08.10 – 08.30: BCGE presentation on what gender equality means, facts & figures, the business case & specific subjects.
08.30 – 09.40: Panel discussion, moderated by Daw Kyawt Kay Thi Win, BCGE Country Director
- Mii-Mii Tint Kyi - Head of HR Development and Training Total
- Daw Thuzar Win - Business development Director of Alpha Power Engineering Co., Ltd
- Mrs Piyamal Pichaiwongse, Deputy Liaison Officer, International Labor Organization (ILO)
- Daw Khin Sandi Lwin, Leadership facilitator, former UNICEF Representative and UN Resident Coordinator.
- Mr Mai-Lam Dong, Country Manager, Schneider Electric.
09.40 – 10.00: Q&A
Biography of the Moderator
Daw Kyawt Kay Thi Win
Country Director - Business Coalition for Gender Equality Association
Kyawt Kay Thi Win is the Country Director of Business Coalition for Gender Equality (BCGE), an association that helps businesses in Myanmar build better workplaces and integrate gender equality. BCGE offers Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE), which is a global benchmarking assessment and certification for workplace gender equality. BCGE is supported by Investing in Women, an initiative of the Australian Government. Kyawt has more than 16 years of experience in the commercial and development sectors in various roles, from Assistant Manager to Country Director in trading, sales and marketing, real estate, project management, marketing and communications, sectoral development, consultancy, donor-funded projects and corporate governance in both local and international companies and agencies. She is passionate about women’s empowerment and gender equality activities in Myanmar, contributing to the area throughout her career.