KWO Begins Work on New Training Center in Karen State – By Women For Women

KWO is celebrating meeting our fundraising goal of $4600(USD) to build a new women’s training center in Karen State.  This is our first successful crowd funding effort.

Work on the new center has already begun. KWO staff and leaders made 1400 clay bricks which are now drying and awaiting the next phase of building.

This campaign is an exciting collaboration between 3 community organisations based in Thailand and working in SE Asia, Karen Women’s Organisation, Pun Pun Centre for Sustainable Development and the International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice  The aim is to build a training centre for Karen women from Burma. But the aim goes way beyond that since Karen women will be building their very own adobe building for their own training centre and at the same time learning the skills to go on to build with adobe in their own communities.

THANKS to everyone who contributed!

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Peace Award for fellow Karen woman peace activist

International Peace Day 2KWO was proud to learn in September that P’Doh Naw Zipporah Sein, has been honoured with a Peace Award by the Women’s Organisations Network (WON) of Burma. The award was presented on the 20th September, 2014, during the recent Women’s Peace Forum held in Rangoon for 2 days and organized by WON and WLB. The Peace Award recognizes Zipporah’s commitment to achieve peace in our country. Another Peace Award was presented the same day by the WLB to the Arakanese woman leader and peace activist, Saw Mra Raza Lin. The Forum was attended by more than 340 women from all over Burma.
P’Doh Naw Zipporah Sein is Continue reading

KNU Decision to Withdraw from UNFC Undemocratic Claims Karen Women’s Organisation

Naw K'nyaw Paw

The Karen Women’s Organisation has criticized the decision by the Karen National Union to suspend its membership from the United Nationalities Federal Council last month, claiming the decision was made without proper consultation with the Karen community.

Speaking exclusively to Karen News, Naw K’nyaw Paw, Secretary of the KWO, said that the decision came as a surprise to many Karen leaders, including within the KNU itself.

“Many KCBOs are expressing concerns about the KNU walk out from UNFC Congress and its suspension from the UNFC and they have demanded more transparency about how these decisions were made,” she said. Continue reading

International Peace Day interview (Karen, Burmese & English )

ကရင္ျပည္နယ္အတြင္းႏွစ္ေပါင္း ၆ဝ ေက်ာ္ျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့တဲ့ ပဋိပကၡေတြ အဆုံးသတ္ႏုိင္ေရးအတြက္ ၂ဝ၁၂ ခုႏွစ္မွာ ကရင္အမ်ဳိးသားအစည္းအရုံး (KNU) က ျမန္မာအစုိးရနဲ႔ ပဏာမအပစ္အခတ္ရပ္စဲေရး ရယူခဲ့ၿပီး ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးေဖာ္ေဆာင္မႈလုပ္ငန္းေတြ လုပ္ေဆာင္ေနပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ စစ္မွန္တဲ့ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးအဆင့္ မေရာက္ရွိေသးဘဲ ေဆြးေႏြးေနဆဲအဆင့္မွာသာ ရွိပါေသးတယ္။ အျပည္ျပည္ဆုိင္ရာၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးေန႔နဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး ကရင္ျပည္သူတခ်ိဳ႕ရဲ႕ အျမင္သေဘာထားေတြကို ျမန္မာဘာသာစာတန္းထုိး တင္ျပထားပါတယ္။

KWO Magazine in Skaw Karen

KWO puts out a quarterly magazine in Skaw Karen which are distributed through out the 7 Karen refugee camps.  Each magazine is passed between refugees being read by multiple people.  It is just one way we seek to keep our community up to date and informed.

Building Women’s Empowerment:Adobe Style !

Building Knowledge: Karen women will learn skills to build their own adobe style training center. The center will be used to train Karen women on how to build their own houses, adobe style!
Building Confidence: Empowering women to design and build their own adobe houses will boost their confidence and strength. Through this process, they will not only challenge themselves physically, but they will also challenge traditional gender assumptions.
Building Community: The building process creates community which can lead to further building collaboration among participants. The participants will take their skills and go on to build with adobe in their own communities inside Burma.

Myanmar/Burma Indigenous Network for Education (MINE) Response to Myanmar Education Laws




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Transforming Peacebuilding: Can the Internationals Put the Locals First?

A group in northern Rwanda uses community-based sociotherapy to bridge deep rifts created by the 1994 genocide. (Insight on Conflict)

Despite so many efforts to make internationally designed peacebuilding and development projects sustainable after the outsiders have left, international NGOs and donors still struggle to realize the goal of “local ownership” in practice. Now, a new approach called “local first,” led by the UK-based organization Peace Direct, aims to go beyond efforts to merely transfer ownership of a program to a local organization—it seeks to put local people in the lead.

Carolyn Hayman, chief executive of Peace Direct, spoke to the Global Observatory about what this means in practice, how it can deliver powerful results, and how international donors and peacebuilding organizations can adapt. What follows is an edited version of the interview, conducted by Andrea Ó Súilleabháin, policy analyst at the International Peace Institute.

What is a “local first” approach?

“Local first” really works on three principles: that Continue reading