KWO Congratulates Recent KYWLS Graduates

KWO is so proud of the recent graduates from the Karen Young Women Leadership School! The 17th group of students graduated at a ceremony this weekend. Guests from community school, community organisations attended as well as Dr. T Than Pyar College representatives. Speeches from the KWO leader and KNU leader took place and students wereContinue reading “KWO Congratulates Recent KYWLS Graduates”

Women's League of Burma Celebrates 20-Years of Leadership

Happy 20-year anniversary to our sisters at the Women’s League of Burma! WLB was started in 1999. In an effort to bring solidarity and grow the women’s movement, WLB has been a strong force in raising the voices of women from different ethnic backgrounds across the country. KWO stands strong in support for the workContinue reading “Women's League of Burma Celebrates 20-Years of Leadership”

KGWN Statement Welcoming Cases Against Burma for Genocide to ICJ

The Karen Grassroots Women’s Network welcomes the cases against Burma for crimes against the Rohingya in conflict-torn Rakhine State. For decades, we have experienced and witnessed the abuse of ethnic people in Burma taking place with impunity. Accountability for the crimes committed are long overdue.  This week State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will head aContinue reading “KGWN Statement Welcoming Cases Against Burma for Genocide to ICJ”

Worldwide Karen Community Welcomes the ICJ Genocide Case an ICC Investigation

KWO has added our name to this list in solidarity with Karen civil society in support of the legal steps taken to hold Burma accountable for the crimes they have committed. For decades, the Karen have suffered under the same violence perpetrated by the Burma Army against many ethnic people. It is time for justice.Continue reading “Worldwide Karen Community Welcomes the ICJ Genocide Case an ICC Investigation”

Do not make us run again: Burma Army Road Is NOT A Road to Peace

“We don’t want civil-war anymore – we just want to live in peace.” In the latest video from the Salween Peace Park, civilians and leaders call for the Burma Army to retreat from their villagers and to halt construction plans for their new military road. These attempts to control Karen territory undermine ethnic preservation ofContinue reading “Do not make us run again: Burma Army Road Is NOT A Road to Peace”

KWO Joins 49-Local Organisations Against World Bank’s $250 million Eastern Burma project

The Peaceful and Prosperous Communities Project (PPCP)’s stated objective is “to address the significant and historical underinvestment in public infrastructure, services, and support for market-oriented activities in areas of Myanmar that have suffered from long-running conflicts.” At the current time and in its current form, the project could undermine the rights of our Karen communities,Continue reading “KWO Joins 49-Local Organisations Against World Bank’s $250 million Eastern Burma project”

Statement on The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. KWO is in solidarity with continued calls to end violence against women – not just during the 16-day Campaign but every day. Our theme, ‘Use your Power to Protect’ is reinforced by an urgency for those with authority to use their power responsibly.Continue reading “Statement on The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women”

KWO Welcomes Winners of Human Rights Tulip Myanmar 2019

We are so proud of Women’s League of Burma (WLB) to be recognised by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands as a recipient of the Human Rights Tulip Award! KWO is a founding member of WLB and long-time supporter of the grassroots advocacy that our sisters lead. A member of the KWO Central Executive CommitteeContinue reading “KWO Welcomes Winners of Human Rights Tulip Myanmar 2019”

Karen Grassroots Women’s Network Holds Seminar in Hpa An

The Karen Grassroots Women Network successfully organised and ran the 4th annual Karen women’s seminar in Lay Wah, Hpa-An District from 25 to 26 October 2019. Over the two days, 225 women representing 34 Karen women’s organisations, as well as individuals and village chiefs gathered to discuss Burma’s current political situation and how it impactsContinue reading “Karen Grassroots Women’s Network Holds Seminar in Hpa An”