Video: No participation without protection

Women’s rights in areas controlled by armed and political movements


Watch our event where experts discussed the participation and protection of women within political and armed groups in Myanmar.


This event presented recent findings of a pilot study conducted by the Berghof Foundation and Fight for Humanity, with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office, on the role of armed political movements in Myanmar in the implementation of the agenda on Women, Peace and Security (WPS). The findings show that these movements and women’s groups associated with them do indeed engage with the spirit of the WPS agenda, specifically regarding women and girls’ participation and protection, but that they also face various challenges related to limited resources, knowledge and technical expertise.

In a panel discussion, we inquired about the progress, difficulties and prospects of women and girls in areas under the control of armed and political movements, and what potential roles these actors can play in the implementation of the WPS agenda. The discussion was complemented by the comparative perspective of a Yemeni women’s rights advocate. Raising awareness on women’s rights in conflict areas two days before Human Rights Day, this event took place in the spirit and framework of the UN’s 16 Days Activism Against Gender Based Violence.

No participation without protection:
Women’s rights in areas controlled by armed and political movements

Thursday, 8 December 2022

13:00 - 14:15 CET (ics, ical)
Online event via Zoom

This event was held in English, Arabic and Burmese with simultaneous translations.


  • Danielle Feldstein, Desk Officer Women, Peace and Security, German Federal Foreign Office
  • Beytul Gorkem, Head of Operations, Fight for Humanity
  • Zin Mar Phyo (‘Boke Boke’), local consultant, researcher and journalist
  • May Sabe Phyu, Kachin women’s rights activist
  • Dr Najwa Fadhl, President advisor for women issues of the Southern Transitional Council (Yemen)

Moderated by Véronique Dudouet, Senior Research Advisor, Conflict Transformation Research Department, Berghof Foundation.


About the event

This event was organised by the Berghof Foundation and Fight for Humanity.


50 Years Berghof Foundation

The Berghof Foundation marked its 50th anniversary in 2021. The special event series we were holding throughout the year to reflect on past and current peacebuilding successes and challenges, is continuing in the year 2022. The events will identify and look at trends in order to develop tactics that will ensure our efforts towards sustainable peace together with our partners remain effective in the years to come. Find out more on our website and sign up for our newsletters or follow us on Twitter to stay up to date about our anniversary programme.

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