In memory of all our Karen Martyrs on this special day, We want to share with you all the valuable words of our President Saw Ba U Gyi!
President Saw Ba U Gyi words Pamphlet Karen and Burmese Version
On this important day, 25th of November we recognize the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Today we pay tribute to all women who have suffered violence, and we honour your strength.
As part of KWO’s efforts to eliminate violence against women, we take part every year in the “16 Days of Activism” Campaign, which also starts today, and closes on December 10th, the International Day for Human Rights. We will be conducting many events and activities in our community over the next 16 days and hope these will contribute in some way to make change that reduces violence against women.
Today we are proud to launch a new KWO report about SGBV cases in the refugee camps. The report is called “Salt in the Wound: Justice Outcomes and SGBV Cases in the Karen refugee camps, 2011-13”.
The report documents the results of research into the justice outcomes of 289 cases of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) in the seven Karen-majority refugee campslocated along the Thai-Burma border. The results of our research are staggering, and provide ample evidence for the need for change.
In the vast majority (80%) of all the SGBV cases in six of the seven camps, women received inadequate justice responses. Even in cases of sexual violence, including rape, we found that there were very weak responses by the judicial systems. The inadequate justice outcomes include perpetrators just signing an agreement to say that they won’t do it again (usually with no follow up to ensure that they don’t), or paying a small fine to the authorities (usually with zero compensation for the victim) or almost no action at all by authorities. This is not good enough for crimes of violence.
We ask that you download our report, read it, and allow it to motivate you to take action for change. Join us in the important work of eliminating violence against women.
Please Click here for English Version of Full Report:
Please Click here for Karen Version of Full Report:
“No Women No Peace”
WHAT: 5th April is KWO 30th Anniversary so we would like you to come celebrate with KWO on this special day. KWO Day celebrates the many women who contribute to building and strengthening the Karen community at every level. We will be honoring those who have served KWO full time for more than 10 years. We will also be launching 1 report and 1 book. These important documents both written in Karen language serve as important sources for our
community. One of the publications is the first Karen version of our seminal publication on Karen women village leaders in Burma; “Walking Among Sharp Knives”. It is essential at this time to highlight the importance of women’s leadership during the most dangerous periods of the long armed conflict compared with the current lack of women present during the peace process happening now in Burma. The other publication follows on from our Traditional Clothing competition last year and is a book in Karen about the rich tapestry of Traditional Clothing found in our Karen communities. The two publications will allow Karen women to advocate for themselves and better understand what is happening to the community broadly.
KWO puts out a quarterly magazine (September to December) in Skaw Karen and Burmese which are distributed through out the 7 Karen refugee camps. Each magazine is passed between refugees being read by multiple people. It is just one way we seek to keep our community up to date and informed.
KWO is celebrating meeting our fundraising goal of $4600(USD) to build a new women’s training center in Karen State. This is our first successful crowd funding effort.
Work on the new center has already begun. KWO staff and leaders made 1400 clay bricks which are now drying and awaiting the next phase of building.
This campaign is an exciting collaboration between 3 community organisations based in Thailand and working in SE Asia, Karen Women’s Organisation, Pun Pun Centre for Sustainable Development and the International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice The aim is to build a training centre for Karen women from Burma. But the aim goes way beyond that since Karen women will be building their very own adobe building for their own training centre and at the same time learning the skills to go on to build with adobe in their own communities.
THANKS to everyone who contributed!
The Creating Peace Project staff has been busy with project activities over the past six months. Some of these project activities include:
Peace Negotiation Updates:
Women community leaders gathered at KWO Central office to learn about peace negotiation updates. Leaders learned about the current situation in Karen State and Burma, ceasefire agreements, and the WGEC framework. Participants also discussed the Ethnic Armed Organization Conference and the agreements that were reached. KNU leaders were invited to share and explain their work with other ethnic groups.
Participants brought the information they learned during the peace negotiation updates back to their communities.
Creating Peace project staff held community consultations Continue reading
On May 5 – 9, 2014 KWO successfully conducted a Capacity Building Workshop for 26 Project Coordinators and Assistants. The workshop focused on project cycle management and accounting procedures and was lead by KWO’s Education program coordinator. The participants learned about staff management, defined their job descriptions, and how to conduct project monitoring and evaluation. They also learned about KWO finance procedures which included how to manage finance and keep financial records. All of the participants said that they felt more empowered and knowledgeable after this workshop. They now feel more confident in their skills as project coordinators and assistants.