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!
On 5 April 2013 KWO celebrated the 28th anniversary of KWO Day. KWO Day took place in four areas of Karen State, Kler Day Trae in Lu Plae Township Pa’An district, Pyae Kah village Taw Oo District, Dooplaya district and Ei Tu Tah refugee camp. KWO Day was also celebrated in an urban area in Thailand and also in refugee camps in Thailand, Mae Ra Moe, Mae La Oo, Umphiem, and Mae La. KWO Central worked together with the Karen people, and Karen leaders at the camp and district levels. KNU leaders, CBO’s, and villagers came together and celebrated KWO Day. During the ceremony, there were several speeches from KNU leaders, CBO leaders, and Karen leaders from the Karen district.
In some areas, there were activities and competitions. Activities like singing, painting pictures and questionnaires. Continue reading
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 held a training of trainers Women’s Empowerment session in Du Th Htoo District in Karen State. Women received training on a wide variety of important issues and returned to their townships and villages to repeat the training for other women. We also held a vocational training on sewing and weaving to expand the capacity of women in the district.