KWO Celebrates International Day of Peace Event on 21 September 2016

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KWO Celebrates International Day of Peace Event in Karen State

Today, In recognition of International Day of Peace, KWO conducted the International Day of Peace event in Noh Paw Htee, Dew Loe Township, Mu Traw district. And there are a total of 1,246 participants which 538 are Female and 708 are Males from more than 20 villages.

In Taw Oo district, KWO collaborated with the Karen Students Network Group in developing a peace campaign around the International Day of Peace. And the event joined by more than one thousand participants.

The events in each sites included different kinds of competitions such as debates, impromptu speeches and question and answer sessions.

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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.