Ms. May Sabe Phyu is one of the winners of 2019 N-Peace Awards under the untold story category. The Untold Stories category recognizes the work of women with demonstrated skills in conflict resolution, prevention, and peacebuilding in their local communities.
She graduated in January 2011 from Gender and Development Studies academic program from The School of Environment, Resources and Development.  
She has been recognized for her multi-sectoral approach to build on the gains of women in Myanmar. Through her long-standing career in Women, Peace and Security she had continuously identified and advocated to address laws, policies, as well as cultural and social norms which impede the achievement of full gender equality.  

May Sabe Phyu has had a dynamic career advocating for women’s full realization of their human rights. Currently serving as Director of the Gender Equality Network, her work utilizes intersectional approaches and engages multi-sectoral stakeholders as partners in achieving gender equality. She uses various platforms to build on the gains of women in Myanmar, and continuously identifies and works to address laws, policies, as well as cultural and social norms that work against the achievement of full gender equality.

May’s work is centered around advocacy which considers gender, ethnicity, the rights of the disabled, and access to health care. She is the Co-Founder of the Kachin Peace Network, and the Kachin Women’s Peace Network, organizations that call for inter-ethnic dialogues social cohesion.

In 2015, she was the recipient of the International Women of Courage Award. In 2017, she was honoured for her role in advancing the Women, Peace and Security agenda in Myanmar through the Global Trailblazer Award. May is also an alumnus of the Mason Fellowship from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.