Promoting women’s leadership, gender sensitivity & community ownership.

The Karen Women’s Organisation (KWO) is a leading indigenous women’s organization formed in 1949 working to ensure all communities have gender equality, the protection and promotion of indigenous people’s rights, human rights and justice.



In a federal Burma, all communities have gender equality, the protection and promotion of indigenous people’s rights, human rights, and justice.


KWO is an ethnic women’s community-based organization that empowers women so they have capacity and power to solve their own problems and participate in decision-making that will affect their lives.


KWO participates in the struggle to stop all kinds of oppression of women and of children and provides support for communities in the Thai-Burma border and in Karen State, Burma.

Our Programs

Organising & Information Sharing

 KWO does a wide variety of information gathering and sharing, advocacy, women’s empowerment, and community mobilization.


 KWO provides schooling where there are gaps in existing education mainstream services in the refugee camps, and in areas in Karen State.


KWO collaborates with community-based health agencies to support local health workers.

Social Welfare

KWO provides direct assistance to community members and works to solve social problems in the community.

Support KWO’s Sponsor A Teacher Campaign

We formed the Karen Women’s Organization to strengthen and serve our community. There were no Special Education services for our children. We could no longer watch our children languish in dark corners at home with their parents who had no support and little knowledge. So we built a Special Education project for ourselves. We trained a group of refugee women to work with our disabled
children and support their parents. We raised money. We changed lives.

Tragically, our financial support has been severely reduced as newer refugee
crises have pulled resources. We need your help to continue this vital program.

Our Work

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From the Blog

Latest Updates from KWO

  • KWO Congratulates Recent KYWLS Graduates
    KWO is so proud of the recent graduates from the Karen Young Women Leadership School! The 17th group of students graduated at a ceremony this weekend. Guests from community school, community organisations attended as well as Dr. T Than Pyar … Read more
  • 2019: KWO in Review
    It was a busy year at KWO and we are proud to share with you some of the highlights and accomplishments we were able to achieve in 2019. With the upcoming release of our bi-annual report, we look forward to … Read more
  • Women's League of Burma Celebrates 20-Years of Leadership
    Happy 20-year anniversary to our sisters at the Women’s League of Burma! WLB was started in 1999. In an effort to bring solidarity and grow the women’s movement, WLB has been a strong force in raising the voices of women … Read more

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