The Role of Rural Women in Environmental Management in Myanmar: A Case Study of Ngaputaw Township

Thin Thin Aye


The purpose of this research is to examine the role of women in environmental management in Myanmar. In Myanmar society, women have a tradition of environmental care. From childhood, young Myanmar girls are trained to undertake work in and around their house. It is a common sight in rural areas to see young girls caring for their siblings and collecting water or firewood during school holidays. Women in rural areas are traditionally aware of how to use fuel wood properly, how to get and store safe drinking water, and which plants can be used as indigenous medicine. In this way women have played an important role in reducing resource use, reusing and recycling resources to minimize waste and excessive consumption. This research revolves around the issues such as women’s perspectives on the environment; the nature of their participation to engage in environmental protection and conservation; and environmental management policies of Myanmar.


Women, Water, Forest, Firewood, Environmental Policies

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