Going upstream: The experiences of women in leadership in Myanmar

Nyein Su Mon, Eisuke Saito

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This study conducted an appreciative investigation of the experiences of Myanmar women in leadership. Specifically, the focus was on what sustains them, how they negotiate the complexity of their context, and what propels them. Drawn from the experiences of three Myanmar women leaders, the findings indicated that ‘their formal and informal learning’, ‘the influence of their female role models’, and ‘their religion’ were the most important aspects shaping their leadership. The philosophy of Buddhism appeared to be an important factor in their leadership formation and practices, either as a strengthening or limiting factor. This study suggests that to enhance Myanmar women’s increased participation in leadership positions, encouraging continuous learning, visible acknowledgement of female role models, and cultural change are necessary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-316
Number of pages18
JournalCompare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Myanmar
  • Gender
  • Leadership
  • Women leaders and patriarchy

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