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
- Statement on Karen Martyr’s DayIn recognition of the 70th Karen Martyr’s Day, KWO sends well wishes to Karen people all around the world, and reminds them to be strong, united and work together for a future that celebrates our history and values. Download theContinue reading “Statement on Karen Martyr’s Day”
- Refugee Panel Presentation by KWO General SecretaryOn 5 August 2020, the General Secretary of the Karen Women’s Organization, Naw K’nyaw Paw, joined a panel discussion addressing the situation of refugees living along the Thai-Burma border. Her presentation can be viewed here in full.
- KWO In Solidarity With Protesting Villagers Calling for Retreat of Burma Army SoldiersThe Karen Women’s Organization stands in solidarity with 4650 villagers who started marching at 7AM this morning from Taung Thone Lone Burma Army Post to Ka Ma Maung, Papun, demanding the immediate retreat and withdraw all Burma Army battalions from theirContinue reading “KWO In Solidarity With Protesting Villagers Calling for Retreat of Burma Army Soldiers”
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.