On 5 April 2013 KWO celebrated the 28th anniversary of KWO Day. KWO Day took place in four areas of Karen State, Kler Day Trae in Lu Plae Township Pa’An district, Pyae Kah village Taw Oo District, Dooplaya district and Ei Tu Tah refugee camp. KWO Day was also celebrated in an urban area in Thailand and also in refugee camps in Thailand, Mae Ra Moe, Mae La Oo, Umphiem, and Mae La. KWO Central worked together with the Karen people, and Karen leaders at the camp and district levels. KNU leaders, CBO’s, and villagers came together and celebrated KWO Day. During the ceremony, there were several speeches from KNU leaders, CBO leaders, and Karen leaders from the Karen district.
In some areas, there were activities and competitions. Activities like singing, painting pictures and questionnaires. Competition activities included writing poetry, stories, and performing. The total number of people who participated and attended KWO Day was around 1,500.
KWO Day honored Karen women who devote themselves to their work in the community and serving the people of their community. KWO Central held a special ceremony honoring longstanding female leader Padoh Naw Myaing Poe. She was recently elected as KNU Judge I, she is the first female judge in KNU history. KWO honored Padoh Naw Myaing Poe’s commitment to the struggle for the rights of women and children.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 28th KWO Day, and for your support to the empowerment, equality, and freedom of all women!