KWO is excited to announce the formation of a new a new “Karen Grassroots Women’s Network” which will strengthen the voice of Karen women in advocacy efforts. KWO gathered women from a wide variety of Karen civil society organisations for the third Karen Women’s Seminar at the end of March 2018.
The women discussed issues for two days and decided to form the new Grassroots Women’s Network. At the conclusion of the seminar the attendees jointly endorsed the following resolutions:
We call on the Burma Army to stop their military operations in all ethnic areas.
We want the 2008 constitution to be abolished and call on the Burma Government to begin a process whereby a genuine federal constitution can be drawn up.
We also call on all stakeholders to stop mega development projects in all ethnic areas until there is genuine peace and a political settlement.
There must be no forced repatriation of refugees.
We also call on the international community and donors to continue to support
humanitarian aid to refugees and IDPs according to international standards until peace is restored in the country
Happy International Women’s Day to all women around the world. We all deserve this special day and recognition for what we do and what we contribute to our family, community and country.
On this special day we, KWO, encourage ALL WOMEN everywhere to be bold for the change you want to see in this world, NOW and every day!
We stand together with women everywhere and stand in solidarity with you in our shared struggles for peace and justice in our homes, villages, communities, countries and the world.
We are proud to be with you and to be part of the women’s community made up of so many amazing women, like you, around the world and here at home. Together, we can be bold. By becoming stronger, we can continue to change the world one step and one leap at a time!
In recognition of International Day of Peace on the 21 September, 2016 we, KWO would like to share our message with everyone and hope to see “Genuine and Sustainable Peace” in Burma soon. KWO main theme for this year is ” Sustainable Peace , need genuine women’s participation”.
Please see KWO Message in Karen for more information.
As KWO first reported in 2010, in lowland Karen areas in Eastern Burma Karen women are more and more becoming chiefs, as people have hoped they will not be killed by the Burmese Army like some male chiefs. This is a big change in our traditions and has made women more visible and vulnerable to human rights abuses by the Burmese Army. It also means that women have become leaders when our community has most needed it. Many women stood up and faced the Burmese Army directly representing and working for our people. These women leaders are now experienced leaders of our community with knowledge about how their community works and how to deal with the Burmese Army Continue reading →
KWO Supports the statements below from the Women’s League of Burma and the Kachin Women’s Association. It is time for these horrific human rights violations to end. (statements below in English and Burmese)