opening ceremony of stop violence against women day

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Day 1 of the 16 days activisms starts today. To day November 25th is the Elimination of Violence Against Women day. We share some activities photos in towns and camps. More activities photos from camps and Karen state will come. Please look forward to see them.

KWO New Report: Salt In The Wound

On this important day, 25th of November we recognize the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Today we pay tribute to all women who have suffered violence, and we honour your strength.

As part of KWO’s efforts to eliminate violence against women, we take part every year in the “16 Days of Activism” Campaign, which also starts today, and closes on December 10th, the International Day for Human Rights. We will be conducting many events and activities in our community over the next 16 days and hope these will contribute in some way to make change that reduces violence against women.

Today we are proud to launch a new KWO report about SGBV cases in the refugee camps. The report is called “Salt in the Wound: Justice Outcomes and SGBV Cases in the Karen refugee camps, 2011-13”.

The report documents the results of research into the justice outcomes of 289 cases of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) in the seven Karen-majority refugee campslocated along the Thai-Burma border. The results of our research are staggering, and provide ample evidence for the need for change.

In the vast majority (80%) of all the SGBV cases in six of the seven camps, women received inadequate justice responses. Even in cases of sexual violence, including rape, we found that there were very weak responses by the judicial systems. The inadequate justice outcomes include perpetrators just signing an agreement to say that they won’t do it again (usually with no follow up to ensure that they don’t), or paying a small fine to the authorities (usually with zero compensation for the victim) or almost no action at all by authorities. This is not good enough for crimes of violence.

We ask that you download our report, read it, and allow it to motivate you to take action for change. Join us in the important work of eliminating violence against women.

Please Click here for English Version of Full Report:

Please Click here for Karen Version of Full Report:

KWO Press Release on Launching New Report “Salt in the Wound”

Karen Civil Society Organizations have lost trust in the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) negotiations as a Gateway to Political Dialogue

English Version

Burmese Version

KWO Maganize Volume 3 Issue 6 May to August, 2015 Karen Version

Valuable Words of President Saw Ba U Gyi! Karen and Burmese Version

President Saw Ba U Gyi words Pamphlet Karen and Burmese Version

KWO Formal Message on 65th Karen Martyr’s Day, 12th August, 2015 Karen Version

KWO Formal Message on 65th Karen Martyr’s Day 2015.pdf Karen Version

In recognition and remembrance of our up coming 65th Karen Martyr’s Day, KWO Central sending out our Formal Message to all Karen People to remind all of us of the important day for our Karen people.

May all Karen Martyr’s souls rest in peace!

May all Karen Martyr’s families be blessed and full of prosperity!

May all Karen people united!

Job Announcement for Technical Assistant: English Language Document Development with KWO

 Karen Women’s Organization is seeking applications for the position of ”Technical Assistant ”  in our organization. Please see the detail document for more information. We are looking forward to receive all interested applicants.