The European Union plans to extend a helping hand to Myanmar’s garment workers, especially women. An additional €5 million from its Myan Ku Fund will be used to help Myanmar’s garment workers, who continue to struggle from factory closures and lay-offs amid COVID-19. The EU has now channelled €10 million in support of the mostly unemployed women migrant workers in the sector. Some 60,000 workers have already received financial assistance since the funds were first distributed last year.
In May 2020, the EU disbursed a total of 108,320 cash assistance payments to over 60,000 garment factory workers from every State and Region of Myanmar. 84 per cent of the beneficiaries were women, and the greatest support went to those who were pregnant and to those workers who received little or no severance pay.
Migrant workers and workers willing to complete skills training programmes will also be supported. The scope of expert nutritional support services is also expanding, with 2,000 women targeted to receive maternal counselling and direct nutritional support from the project’s doctors.