Myanmar Women Entrepreneurs Association (MWEA)

Established in 1995, the MWEA is a strategic alliance of more than 1600 business women and women in academia that aims “to unite and bring into focus and world attention the role and capabilities of Myanmar women entrepreneurs.” The group is registered under the Ministry of Home Affairs as a non-government, non-profit, non-political and non-religious association. The MWEA’s objectives and activities include: (a) facilitating communications and discussions and promoting friendship and co-operative efforts among women entrepreneurs; (b) promoting and encouraging modern methods of business management among Burmese women entrepreneurs; (c) participating in and promoting activities to raise the social economic life of Burmese women; (d) encouraging environment-friendly and culturally sensitive businesses; and (e) promoting and encouraging relationships with national and international women’s associations, professionals, business, and academia. Membership in the group includes a wide variety of formally established, women-owned companies, mostly SMEs, which produce a range of goods and services. MWEA actively engages foreign donors and possible investors and is experienced at managing grants for training and building capacity among its members.