Message from KWO on the International Day of Peace

In the lead up to the International Day of Peace, KWO recognizes the commitments made by women advocates and peace-builders in their community. At the national level, women continue to be under-represented. Their voices speak to change, resilience and much needed efforts to resolve Burma’s civil war. We know that their participation – especially inContinue reading “Message from KWO on the International Day of Peace”

Naw K’nyaw speaks to Sydney Morning Herald

General Secretary of KWO -Naw K’nyaw Paw- is featured in the Sydney Morning Herald highlighting the major decrease in funding to the refugee camps and the negative impact this is having on the mental health of those living there. The article touches on many key issues, including the challenges of refugee return, support for thoseContinue reading “Naw K’nyaw speaks to Sydney Morning Herald”

KWO Responds to UN Statement

 Karen Women’s Organization KWO always called on the sanction targeted the Burma Army including their business. Unless they feel hurt they will never reform and change their mentality. They will continue to act with impunity. KWO welcome and support the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar exposes military business ties, calls for targeted sanctions and arms embargoesContinue reading “KWO Responds to UN Statement”

KWO Recognizes Mae Tao Clinic’s 30th Anniversary

June 22, 2019, Karen Women’s Organization recognized Mae Tao Clinic for their 30 years of service to stateless people and those most vulnerable in our community with this certificate. Congratulations on your 30th anniversary, Mae Tao Clinic! We were honored to celebrate with you today!

Karen Women’s Organization Receives International Women of Courage Award

Karen Women’s Organization International Women of Courage Award March 6, 2019 Naw K’nyaw Paw and the Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) are honored this year to accept the “International Women of Courage Award” from the US State Department.  Naw K’nyaw Paw is accepting the award in Washington DC on behalf of the KWO. We were givenContinue reading “Karen Women’s Organization Receives International Women of Courage Award”

The Nightmare Returns: Karen Hopes for Peace and Stability Dashed by Burma Army’s Actions

On March 4th, the Burma Army began the largest and most coordinated deployment of troops into Karen State’s Mutraw (Hpapun) district since 2008, breaching the terms of the NCA and provoking multiple clashes with the Karen National Liberation Army’s (KNLA) 5th Brigade. Burma Army soldiers have indiscriminately targeted civilians while more than 2,400 villagers have been forcedContinue reading “The Nightmare Returns: Karen Hopes for Peace and Stability Dashed by Burma Army’s Actions”

KWO Statement on International Women’s Day

KWO Statement in Karen Version: KWO Statement in English Version:  

Refugee Activists Discuss Pressure to Return from Thai-Myanmar Border at Chiang Mai Seminar

At a public seminar in Thailand last week, Karen and Karenni officials raised concerns about the increasing pressure for refugees to return from the Thai-Myanmar border as international funding for camps dries up. “The refugees from the Thai-Myanmar border are not ready to return home,” said Naw Elizabeth, deputy director of the Karenni Education Department,Continue reading “Refugee Activists Discuss Pressure to Return from Thai-Myanmar Border at Chiang Mai Seminar”