Stop Violence Against Women’s Day at KWO Mae Sariang Office

Violence Against Women Day 2011

Events were held, during the 16 Days of Activism, in all 7 Karen Refugee Camps. KWO organized this activity in some cases alone and in other in cooperation with other NGO’s, CBO’s, or Camp Committees. We have complete reports from 4 of those events held in Mae Ra Moo, Umphiem, Ei Tu Tah, and Bang Doh Yang Camps. We also held an event at the KWO Resource Center in Mae Sariang. All the activities were held during the 16 days between the International Stop Violence Against Women’s Day and International Human Rights Day in December. We distributed information in writing to people and showed a video about gender based violence called  “Bringing Justice to Women of Burma”  produced by the Women’s League of Burma. We also held a quiz where small prizes were distributed to the winners. These activities were funded by the Women’s League of Burma. There were 2152 participants, men and women, across the camps.

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About Karen Women Organisation

The Karen Women Organisation was formed in 1949 and has a membership of over 64,100 women. KWO is a community-based organisation of Karen women working in development and relief in the refugee camps on the Thai border and with IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) and women inside Burma. Since our formation in 1949 we have expanded our focus from one of purely social welfare to try to encourage an awareness of Women's Rights and to promote women’s participation in the community decision making and political processes. The objectives of the KWO  To assist women in the endeavour to be free from all forms of oppression.  To promote and empower women in all spheres of life, including education and general living standards.  To encourage women to participate in the struggle for freedom, democracy and equality.  To develop women's knowledge, ability and skills, including political and organizational skills.  To achieve the rights of women and equal status with men.  To promote and maintain Karen culture and traditions.  To improve the well-being of women and children and to increase their access to adequate health, education and welfare services. KWO aims to empower women through offering various capacity building trainings to teach skills, build confidence and create new opportunities so that women will be better able to solve problems. We are working hard to educate ourselves and our communities so that we can work more effectively and advocate for our struggle on the international stage. We believe that women’s contribution is an essential factor in the peace-building and national reconciliation processes of Burma.