Promoting women’s leadership, gender sensitivity & community ownership.
The Karen Women’s Organisation (KWO) is a leading indigenous women’s organization formed in 1949 working to ensure all communities have gender equality, the protection and promotion of indigenous people’s rights, human rights and justice.
In a federal Burma, all communities have gender equality, the protection and promotion of indigenous people’s rights, human rights, and justice.
KWO is an ethnic women’s community-based organization that empowers women so they have capacity and power to solve their own problems and participate in decision-making that will affect their lives.
KWO participates in the struggle to stop all kinds of oppression of women and of children and provides support for communities in the Thai-Burma border and in Karen State, Burma.
KWO does a wide variety of information gathering and sharing, advocacy, women’s empowerment, and community mobilization.
KWO collaborates with community-based health agencies to support local health workers.
KWO provides direct assistance to community members and works to solve social problems in the community.
Support KWO’s Sponsor A Teacher Campaign
We formed the Karen Women’s Organization to strengthen and serve our community. There were no Special Education services for our children. We could no longer watch our children languish in dark corners at home with their parents who had no support and little knowledge. So we built a Special Education project for ourselves. We trained a group of refugee women to work with our disabled
children and support their parents. We raised money. We changed lives.
Tragically, our financial support has been severely reduced as newer refugee
crises have pulled resources. We need your help to continue this vital program.
Latest Updates from KWO
- Refugee Day StatementThe Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) calls for sustainable solutions that uphold the dignity of refugees living along the Thai-Burma border. Refugees have been fleeing persecution for over 30-years. There are over 90 000 refugees on the border who have beenContinue reading “Refugee Day Statement”
- Report from KPSN Virus Warfare: Burma Army destruction of Karen community defences against COVID-19A new report by the Karen Peace Support Network, Virus Warfare: Burma Army destruction of Karen community defences against COVID-19, brings attention to how the Burma Army has disrupted efforts by the Karen National union (KNU) to protect communities inContinue reading “Report from KPSN Virus Warfare: Burma Army destruction of Karen community defences against COVID-19”
- KWO COVID-19 Response ReportAt the beginning of March 2020, the Coronavirus COVID- 19 outbreak spread all around the world including in Thailand and Burma. The World Health Organization and then governments in each country released statements for preventing the spread and a setContinue reading “KWO COVID-19 Response Report”