KWO Releases Statement on Karen Peace Process and Leadership Meeting

Statement of Karen Women Organization’ Second Central Standing Committee Meeting of the 5th Congress 

30th January 2012

The Karen Women Organization held its second Central Standing Committee’s meeting after the 5th congress from 26th to 28th January, 2012. 40 representatives of 7 districts of Karen state and refugee camps, and special guests participated at the meeting which was held on the Thai-Burma border.

The meeting reviewed and improved KWO’s constitution, policies on different issues, management structure and implementation of tasks at all levels. KWO also plans to raise awareness about the possible refugee repatriation process in the refugee community and to advocate for women and refugee participation in the process.

The on-going peace process was discussed, analyzed and representatives decided to participate in the Karen peace process as KWO believes that women’s participation is important.

In accordance with UNSCR 1325 to ensure women’s participation in the peace process, KWO formed a peace committee to represent the needs, concerns and suggestions of women and children and to ensure women’s voices are heard and recognized during the peace process.

The KWO was formed since 1949 and currently have 49,000 members. We mainly work on women’s capacity building, the special needs of women and children, documenting human rights violations and advocating justice for women who have been sexually abused by the Burmese military along with other woman related issues.


  1. Nan Dah Eh Kler – 66-857269291
  2. Naw Htoo Paw – 66-811824018

Published by 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.

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