Gendered experiences of land confiscation in Myanmar: Insights from eastern Bago Region and Kayin State

The impact of land confiscations in Myanmar should not be understated. Saferworld’s latest research hears from men and women about their experiences. Nearly 70 per cent of people depend on land for their income, food, traditions, and identities as farmers – yet there is a long history of forcible land confiscations. Based on research and workshops – conducted with a group of 12 men and 12 women – Saferworld’s latest report explores the different impacts that land confiscation has on men and women in eastern Bago Region and Kayin State, Myanmar. Saferworld’s research explores the consequences of land confiscations, including destruction of people’s livelihoods, economic insecurity, psychological trauma, and household conflicts. Gendered expectations and norms around what roles women and men should play also heavily influence how land confiscations impact men and women differently.

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