International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams 14th March, 2015

On 14th March, 2015 KWO joined the event campaign of ” Salween, Not for Sale!” And “No Dam” Which was organised by Karen Rivers Watch(KRW) on the International Day of Actoin for Rivers and Against Dams. There were more than 500 people from the local areas and others Karen community based Organisations such as KSNG,KESAN, FTUK, KHRG and other Karen Local community leaders actively participated. The event successfully done and we are looking forward to see more accountability and transparency from those companies and other stakeholders who are trying to built Dams on Salween River. We stand with all local people and support their call for “No Dam!”

Stop Damming Salween River and all Rivers, Now!!!

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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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