We pay tribute to the women and girls from Burma who have suffered great injustices,
but whose courage and strength inspire us.
Today, the 5th of April 2014 is KWO Day and we are pleased to announce the launch of the revised and updated version of ARM (Automatic Response Mechanism). ARM is intended to be used as the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to respond to cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in the 7 Karen refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border. The information and advice in ARM will be useful for those involved in SGBV cases: the victim, her family and friends, organisations and structures in our community that give services or support, national and international organisations that give services or support to refugees.
The original ARM was released in 2003 as a document that gives advice and guidance to support women and girls who have suffered sexual or physical violence. Continue reading →
Policy Memorandum: Preventing Indiscriminate Attacks and Wilful Killings of Civilians by the Myanmar Military, launched Monday by the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic at a press conference in Yangon.
The ASEAN Civil Society Conference/People’s Forum was held in Yangon. Over 3,000 civil society representatives from the ASEAN region were present at the conference, the largest number of participants since the conference began in 2005. This was the first year KWO participated in the ACSC/APF and our participation in the conference allowed us to raise the concerns of refugee women and IDP women in the context of ASEAN civil society. KWO Chairperson, Thramu Dah Eh Kler was a part of a panel speaking on Forced Migration. She presented to conference participants about the current situation refugees are facing in the camps and how KWO is working with INGOs and UNHCR to ensure the safe and dignified return of refugees. The ACSC/APF provided an opportunity for KWO to network with women’s organizations and other civil society organizations from across the ASEAN region about important issues effecting women.
ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples’ Forum Press Release
Over 3,000 Participants at Largest Ever ASEAN Civil Society Conference / ASEAN Peoples’ Forum
Over 3,000 individuals and delegates from civil society organizations (CSOs), Continue reading →
KWO wrapped up a full month of Special Education Training of Trainers. The training involved 24 participants, including our special education trainers, school directors, and town staff. People came from all 7 camps where we conduct this important project. A few senior staff from our Nursery School Project also attended since many of the topics covered can help that project as well. The training was conducted by KWO staff along with staff from World Education and the Christian Centre for Development of People with Disabilities.
Training topics that were covered included: Behavior management, Identifying different Disabilities in New Enrollments, Social Inclusion, Learning Disabilities, Assessment, Observation, Helping Children with Autism, Early Intervention, Stimulation for Very Young Children, Learning through Play, Toy Making, Organizing the Classroom, Learning Through Practice, Parenting Skills, Children’s Learning Processes, Child Psychology, Finance and Management, and the KWO Structure.
KWO’s Special Education Project has 4 main components:
Early Intervention with young children with disabilities (home visits and at SE Centres)
Inclusive Education (in mainstream school, SE Centres and home visits)
Friday 21st February – International Mother Language Day
“Its MINE”: Indigenous groups claim their rights through new network for education in Myanmar. The Myanmar/Burma Indigenous Network for Education (MINE) was launched on Friday 21st February, International Mother language day. An ethnic education seminar hosted by the Karen Teacher Working Group (KTWG) from 12 – 14 February led to the creation of MINE. Continue reading →
KWO has been conducting capacity building training for about 30 of our KWO community leaders and staff. This training lasts a month and includes public speaking, an introduction to community work, community mobilization. KWO values like women’s rights, human rights, women’s empowerment are also taught along with the basics like facilitating, office management and bookkeeping. The increased skills of these staff, who work and live in the 7 Karen refugee camps in Thailand and in Karen State, Burma make it possible for KWO to expand the women it can reach and serve.
Naw K’nyaw Paw Nimrod, General Secretary of the Karen Women Organization (KWO) has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Padoh Mahn Sha Young Leader Award, on 31st January 2014, Karen Revolution Day.
The award ceremony was held on the evening of the Karen 65th Revolutionary Day at Day-Pu-Noh village in the Karen National Union’s 5th Brigade in Karen State. The award was presented to Naw K’nyaw Paw by Saw Say Say Phan, one of the founding members of the Phan Foundation.
Saw Say Say Phan spoke about Naw K’nyaw Paw as the recipient of the 2013 at the presenting ceremony.
“Naw K’nyaw Paw grew up in refugee camp and studied in difficult circumstances. However, she took her achievements step-by-step and with her great effort. She has been working for Karen community organizations and as leader effectively. She was selected as the best nominee and we honor her with this award.”
Naw K’nyaw Paw has been working for the Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) since 1999. She was elected as its General Secretary at the 6th Karen Women Organization Conference held in February 2013.
Naw K’nyaw Paw is a strong promoter of capacity buildings and has run many democracy, human rights and women rights trainings for KWO members. She worked hard to take the Karen struggle to the international community. Naw K’nyaw Paw has advocated on behalf of the Karen people.
Naw K’nyaw Paw Nimrod spoke about winning the Padoh Mahn Sha Young Leader Award.
“I am very respectful of Uncle Padoh Mahn Sha. He was a leader who was very supportive and encouraged young people. I am very happy to receive this award. I did not expect to win it. I received this award not just for my efforts, but it is for each and every one of my colleagues’ hard work.”
The Padoh Mahn Sha Young Leader Award is organized by the Phan Foundation that was founded in 2008 February 14th with the objective to honor young Karen people under 35, who contributed to their communities and organisations – this is the 6th time it has been awarded. The Phan Foundation was established following the assassination of Padoh Mahn Sha on the 14th February 2008. The Phan Foundation was set up in memory of Padoh Mahn Sha and his wife, Nant Kyin Shwe by their four children.