DURATION: 10/01/2016 - 12/30/2018
FUNDER: U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Program Description

The Walking the Walk on Combating Gender-Based Violence in Myanmar program, strengthens the civil society sector’s ongoing efforts to combat gender-based violence (GBV).

Through the program, funded by the U.S. Embassy in Yangon, World Learning equips civil society organizations (CSOs) to serve constituents affected by GBV, collaborate across diverse groups to maximize collective impact on combating GBV, and engage in direct advocacy toward government. World Learning works in close cooperation with the Myanmar Gender Equality Network (GEN), the largest GBV interagency network in the country, to implement a series of specially designed activities that strengthen ongoing efforts to combat GBV in Myanmar.

The project focuses on developing CSO capacity to advocate and train others in effective methods of combating GBV while also improving government officials’ understanding of the legislative actions and budgetary considerations needed to challenge GBV. World Learning designed curricula for two courses, Advocacy for Ending Gender-Based Violence and Training of Trainers for Ending Gender Based Violence, which are being delivered in Yangon and Mandalay through our Institute for Political and Civic Engagement (iPACE).  In addition, CSOs engaged in confronting GBV has opportunities to obtain micro-grants to strengthen their work and network with other stakeholders in Myanmar, including other CSOs, medical personnel, government officials, law enforcement, legal professionals, and social service organizations.

Program Goals

  • Improve the capacity of civil society, community leaders, GBV advocates, and first responders to effectively advocate to and collaborate with the Government of Myanmar to combat GBV.
  • Enable leaders of community-based organizations to develop and implement specific community or government-focused activities to combat GBV.
  • Support CSOs, GBV advocates, and first responders to work together to improve service provision to vulnerable individuals and survivors of GBV.


  • Five Advocacy for Ending Gender-Based Violence Courses
  • Three Training of Trainers for Ending Gender-Based Violence Courses
  • Seven Community-Based Ending Gender-Based Violence small grants to course alumni
  • Seven Networking Events for program participants and the public


115 Alumni | All 14 States and Regions of Myanmar