Karen Women’s Organisation – Who We Are

The Karen Women’s Organisation was formed in 1949 and has a membership of over 60,000 women.  Since our formation in 1949 we have expanded our focus from one of purely social welfare to try to encourage an awareness of Women’s Rights and to promote women’s participation in the community decision making and political processes.

KWO Vision: A federal Burma where all communities have gender equality, protection, and promotion of indigenous people’s rights, human rights, and justice.

KWO Mission: KWO is an ethnic women’s community-based organization that empowers women so they have the capacity and power to solve their own problems and participate in decision-making that will affect their lives.

The Goals of KWO

  1. Ensure that KWO is an organization which is strong, sustainable, effective and healthy.
  2. Karen women are free from any kind of oppression and enjoy an adequate standard of living.
  3. Karen women have gender equality in all spheres of life at all levels.
  4. Karen women are encouraged to participate in political leadership at different levels and work together to achieve federalism.
  5. In our community, our people, especially women and children, can practice and enjoy full indigenous rights.

KWO aims to empower women through offering various capacity building training to teach skills, build confidence and create new opportunities so that women will be better able to solve problems. We are working hard to educate ourselves and our communities so that we can work more effectively and advocate for our struggle on the international stage.

We believe that women’s contribution is an essential factor in the peace-building and national reconciliation processes of Burma.