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
- Letter on 35th Anniversary of KWO DayTo mark the 35th anniversary of KWO-Day, the KWO Chairperson P’doh Naw Paw Day Toe has addressed a formal letter to all KWO members and Karen people around the world. She calls for unity, for us to continue to workContinue reading “Home”
- Media Release From the Karen Peace Support Network: Burma Army Kills Karen Community Leader Shopping for FoodMedia Release From the Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN) For Immediate Release 2nd April 2020 Burma Army Kills Karen Community Leader Shopping for Food On the evening of 31st March at around 7 pm, the Burma Army killed a Karen communityContinue reading “Home”
- Bangladesh: End Internet Blackout to Protect Public Health of Rohingya Refugees and Host Communities50 organizations call for end to communication restrictions and fencing in Cox’s Bazar The Karen Women’s Organization joins calls to the Bangladesh government to restore mobile internet access and halt the construction of barbed wire fencing around the Rohingya refugeeContinue reading “Home”