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
- Worldwide Karen Community Welcomes the ICJ Genocide Case an ICC InvestigationKWO has added our name to this list in solidarity with Karen civil society in support of the legal steps taken to hold Burma accountable for the crimes they have committed. For decades, the Karen have suffered under the same … Read more
- Do not make us run again: Burma Army Road Is NOT A Road to Peace“We don’t want civil-war anymore – we just want to live in peace.” In the latest video from the Salween Peace Park, civilians and leaders call for the Burma Army to retreat from their villagers and to halt construction plans … Read more
- KWO Joins 49-Local Organisations Against World Bank’s $250 million Eastern Burma projectThe Peaceful and Prosperous Communities Project (PPCP)’s stated objective is “to address the significant and historical underinvestment in public infrastructure, services, and support for market-oriented activities in areas of Myanmar that have suffered from long-running conflicts.” At the current time … Read more