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.
Latest Updates from KWO
- KWO International Peace Day Statement 202021 September 2020: The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) welcomes International Peace Day by calling for genuine and inclusive peace in Burma. This year’s theme, ‘Shaping Peace Together,’ recognizes the importance of equal access and participation in all matters related toContinue reading “KWO International Peace Day Statement 2020”
- Urgent Call for Support for Flood VictimsKWO is urgently calling for support for those impacted by recent flooding in Ei Htu Hta camp. As of 24 August 2020, water levels in the Salween River continue to rise. As a result, recent flooding along the river banksContinue reading “Urgent Call for Support for Flood Victims”
- Op-ed: Pandemic aftermath threatens refugee livelihoodsAs the Covid-19 situation in Thailand eases, and the kingdom gradually lifts movement restrictions, the needs of refugees living along the border with Myanmar in camps must not be overlooked. Over the past few months, the restrictions dealt a heavyContinue reading “Op-ed: Pandemic aftermath threatens refugee livelihoods”
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.