KWO 2011 – 2012 Two Year Update

KWO is pleased to provide our 2011/12-update report including programs currently running in the community, challenges and successes, financial reports, KWO special activities and a Call to Action. One thing that remains true throughout KWO’s 28 years of service is our commitment to the Empowerment, Equality, and Freedom of all Karen women. Thank you to KWO staff, leaders, members, volunteers, community members, partner organizations and funders who help make KWO successful!

KWO 2011-2012 Two Year Update


“Nothing About Us Without Us” Video on Refugee Return with KWO Secretary Dah Eh Kler

Burma Partnership released this video about refugee’s views on repatriation and the current process.  Filmed and Directed by Timothy Syrota

The video features refugees, human rights leaders, and UNHCR.  KWO has been a leading voice for refugee direct participation in planning and implementing any refugee return once conditions make return possible.  We do not believe it is possible for refugees to safely return at the current time.

KWO Camp Support

The KWO Camp Support project assists elected KWO position holders in 7 camps with very small monthly stipends and funds some of the running costs of in-camp KWO offices, enabling women to work more effectively in community management. The camp offices provide a place to meet, plan, coordinate, and learn.

KWO meeting in Htam Hin Refugee Camp

KWO leaders hold countless meetings inside refugee camps to discuss issues affecting the community.  This meeting at Htam Hin camp was held with a member of the KWO Executive Committee.

KWO leaders in Htam Hin Refugee Camp