KWO Celebrates the International Day of Peace and Honors Thramu Zipporah Sein

Karen Women Organization

21st September 2012

International Day of Peace

 “Just saying peace is not enough, it needs all of us to take action”

Press here for Karen Women Organization International Day of Peace Statement 2012 Karen Version

Karen Women Organization celebrates the 2012 International Day of Peace with great hope.  The UN declared that this International Day of Peace’s theme would be “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future”.  We celebrate the recent negotiations for ceasefires and peace in Burma.  We hope this beginning will bring sustainable peace someday soon.

KWO in honoring the International Day of Peace, would like to honor a longstanding female leader, Naw Zipporah Sein, the General Secretary of the Karen National Union (KNU) for her tireless efforts and leadership in the peace talks with the current Burmese Peace Team.

On behalf of KWO, Dah Eh Kler KWO Secretary, warmly welcomed the ongoing ceasefire talks between the Government of Burma and different ethnic groups. She said ” In our hearts, we deeply hope this will lead to political settlement and sustainable peace. We believe just saying peace is not enough, it needs all of us to take action.”

While we celebrate the ceasefires, our hearts also go out to the Kachin people who have been subjected to violence by the Burmese Army for almost a year.  We know and understand the suffering of Kachin women and children, for we have experienced it in the past.  We welcome the initiative of the Government of Burma for the recent talks.  We also know that real peace takes more than a single leader or group.  It requires all of us to work together as equals.  It is only through the full engagement of all the people of Burma that we can reach this cherished goal.

As the Karen Women Organization we have called for more women in leadership roles in this peace process.  General Secretary Zipporah Sein is one woman who has stepped forward as a leader.  We hope that all parties to the various peace talks will act to include women in their delegations.  Women have a vital role to play in building peace and unity alongside men.  We all must work toward peace, never letting that goal out of our sight.

KWO, on the International Day of Peace would like call on the Burmese military to show that they want genuine peace by stopping all operations within ethnic areas especially within Kachin and Shan States. We also call on all parties to fully implement ceasefire agreements by signing codes of conduct and enforcement mechanisms. Finally we hope the coming year all ethnic groups and the Government will enter into political dialogue to establish a real democracy within a Burmese federal system with equality and dignity.

As we reach for real sustainable peace in Burma, we know it must include rights, democracy and dignity for all the people of Burma.


1. Nan Dah Eh Kler – + 66 857269291

2. Naw Blooming Night Zan – + 66 885455746


Karen Women Organization International Day of Peace Statement 2012 Karen Version

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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