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Empower Women with Possibilities this International Women's Day 2024

Restoring Life & Dignity

Myanmar

A desperately poor country with a large population.

Myanmar is the largest country in Southeast Asia and shares borders with six nations. Political crisis coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, has had catastrophic economic effects for Myanmar’s people.

The country has one of the highest rates of human trafficking in the world, and yet there are few services for victims.

Hagar has worked in Myanmar since 2014, building the capacity of local organizations to help survivors of human trafficking, slavery, and abuse to heal and rebuild their lives.

Country Snapshot

1 in 11 children

1 in 11

children are ensnared in child labor which deprives them of childhood, well-being, and access to education.

4 in 10 women

4 in 10

women do not feel safe in their own village or community during the day,

657,000

657,000

people estimated to be trafficked or enslaved in the country.

Our Work in Myanmar

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Survivor Care

  • Build the capacity of local organizations to effectively support survivors of human trafficking, slavery, and abuse

  • Educate and support front-line staff to apply Trauma-Informed Care with survivors
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Preventing Exploitation

  • With YKWBA, Hagar’s partner in Myanmar, train community members to know the signs and prevent abuse, violence and exploitation.
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Systemic Change

  • Equip local leaders to actively use their skills in trauma-informed survivor care thus transforming the local context

  • Support frontline teams to help women, children and families affected by human trafficking, slavery and abuse.

Empowering Myanmar Communities to Prevent Abuse

YKWBA, Hagar’s partner organization in Myanmar empowered 270 community members to eliminate gender-based violence. People of all ages joined the awareness-raising workshops in two communities. Workshop leaders helped attendees know the signs and types of violence and how to keep their communities safe.

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