Happy International Women’s Day to all women around the world. We all deserve this special day and recognition for what we do and what we contribute to our family, community and country.
On this special day we, KWO, encourage ALL WOMEN everywhere to be bold for the change you want to see in this world, NOW and every day!
We stand together with women everywhere and stand in solidarity with you in our shared struggles for peace and justice in our homes, villages, communities, countries and the world.
We are proud to be with you and to be part of the women’s community made up of so many amazing women, like you, around the world and here at home. Together, we can be bold. By becoming stronger, we can continue to change the world one step and one leap at a time!
KWO team together with some other community supporters went to Naw Hta Village and distributed the emergency needs for the recent displaced people. All of the materials that we districted are shown in pictures below.
KWO conducted a need assessment in Htee Thay Khee and Naw Hta, between the 18 – 20 Sept 2016. The total number of IDPs is 530 and they are from Ler Peh Dea,Jay Baw Klo, Thay Kaw, Poe Chit Lea, Nya Mer Tay Hta, Oo Moo Kee and Mae Wah village.The latest number of newly displaced people in Htee Thay Khee is 146 people from 25 families, Naw Hta is 193 from 30 families and in Mae Law Hta is 16 people from 3 families and Mae Tha Waw is 175 people from 38 families.
The villagers are in urgent need of food, clothing, pots, pans, plates, plastic sheets, water containers, shoes, blankets, mats, mosquito nets and other personal hygiene packages. For the moment this displaced people received some dried foods and clothing from the individuals donation. KWO is coordinating with other Karen CBOs and individuals to response to this emergency situations.
There has been serious fighting in the Mae Tha Waw area of Hpa An District. The Burma Army-proxy Border Guard Force (BGF) attacked a faction of the DKBA and since then the conflict has been going on throughout September.
If you interested to contribute please contact KWO at email@example.com or call KWO Emergency Relief Contact Person Naw Paw K’Yeh Moo at 66 857309056 for more information.
On 15th-16th July, 2016 , Karen Peace Support Network(KPSN) successfully conducted meeting with a total of approximately 30 participants to discuss about strengthening peace support network within Karen community.
Most of the discussion based on the current political issues and peace process updates including the new civilian government of Burma announcement on conducting “21st Century Panglong Conference”.
After two whole days meeting , KPSN came up with priority issues and specific action plans which will strengthen and support the peace process and ensure the voice of Karen community being heard in “21st Century Panglong Conference”.
We, the Karen Women Organization are deeply heartened to see you travel outside of Burma with the confidence that you will be able to speak freely and return home safely. We understand you are attending and addressing the World Economic Forum in Bangkok and that a visit to the border might be possible. We would like to extend an invitation to you to visit a refugee camp on the Burma border so that our community can share with you our hopes and concerns about returning to Burma.
The refugee communities are currently living with a great deal of uncertainty and worry due to the changing position of international communities regarding continuing support here and possible repatriation during these fragile peace negotiations. Part of KWO’s focus is conducting consultation with communities on the issue of return. Through that process we came up with conditions for returning home to the Karen State safely with our rights protected. KWO would like to discuss with you the many issues that have been raised and our perspective on their possible resolution.
Like you, we believe women have an important role in moving these issues forward as we have always had a vital role in maintaining and sustaining our community. In the spirit of UNSC resolution 1325, which outlines the importance of women’s participation and a gender perspective to all aspects of conflict prevention, management and resolution (including organizing for peace, rehabilitation, reintegration and reconstruction), we have built the Karen Women’s Organization across all 7 Karen refugee camps and Karen State. We have more than 49,000 Karen women who are members of our organization. We provide services to our community like special education, safe houses for women who are victims of gender based violence, nursery schools, along with leadership development and women’s direct involvement in the peace talks.
We hope you can make time to visit a refugee camp and to meet with KWO there to discuss these important issues we all are facing together. You have long been a beacon of hope for many and we have struggled for many years for basic dignity and against human rights violations. We look forward to working with you for a better, peaceful, and safe Burma and we would be honored to welcome you here on the border.