KWO Central Successfully Completed Community Organizing Trip to Kler Lwee Htu , Taw Oo and Hpa-An districts

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KWO Central completed a successful Community Organizing trip between 22nd March and 9th April 2015 to the three districts in Karen State. KWO Central divided into two small groups including KWO Executive Committee members, Central Standing Committee members, Project Management Team members and some other KWO staff members. The two groups went to Kler Lwee Htu, Taw Oo and Hpa An districts. They met with more than 1,500 people within the Karen community to discuss and share information about the work of KWO and the Peace Process. It was also a chance to learn more about the local current situation. KWO Central team were pleased to meet with different local and community leaders. We would like to send our heartfelt thanks to all of the township leaders, district leaders, district KWO members and responsible people who assisted our teams during these trips. We very much appreciate all their hard work. Community Organizing trips are an important part of KWO’s work as they help the Central staff and committee members to connect with the local community, learn about new developments and keep everyone informed and up to date.

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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.