Promoting women’s leadership, gender sensitivity & community ownership.
The Karen Women’s Organisation (KWO) is a leading indigenous women’s organization formed in 1949 working to ensure all communities have gender equality, the protection and promotion of indigenous people’s rights, human rights and justice.
In a federal Burma, all communities have gender equality, the protection and promotion of indigenous people’s rights, human rights, and justice.
KWO is an ethnic women’s community-based organization that empowers women so they have capacity and power to solve their own problems and participate in decision-making that will affect their lives.
KWO participates in the struggle to stop all kinds of oppression of women and of children and provides support for communities in the Thai-Burma border and in Karen State, Burma.
KWO does a wide variety of information gathering and sharing, advocacy, women’s empowerment, and community mobilization.
KWO collaborates with community-based health agencies to support local health workers.
KWO provides direct assistance to community members and works to solve social problems in the community.
Support KWO’s Sponsor A Teacher Campaign
We formed the Karen Women’s Organization to strengthen and serve our community. There were no Special Education services for our children. We could no longer watch our children languish in dark corners at home with their parents who had no support and little knowledge. So we built a Special Education project for ourselves. We trained a group of refugee women to work with our disabled
children and support their parents. We raised money. We changed lives.
Tragically, our financial support has been severely reduced as newer refugee
crises have pulled resources. We need your help to continue this vital program.
Latest Updates from KWO
- KWO COVID-19 Response ReportAt the beginning of March 2020, the Coronavirus COVID- 19 outbreak spread all around the world including in Thailand and Burma. The World Health Organization and then governments in each country released statements for preventing the spread and a setContinue reading “KWO COVID-19 Response Report”
- COVID-19 Awareness GraphicsGraphics produced by KWO are a kind reminder to our community to stay safe and informed about COVID-19. We are stronger if we all work to support one another and take the right steps to protect our health. English VersionContinue reading “COVID-19 Awareness Graphics”
- KWO Joins Calls for Immediate Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in MyanmarThe Karen Women’s Organization is disturbed by the ongoing and increasing conflict in Rakhine and Chin States. We, along with 138 civil society organizations, condemn this violence and targeting of civilians and call for their immediate protection. Read the statementContinue reading “KWO Joins Calls for Immediate Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Myanmar”