On the 23rd of November, KWO members and leaders were excited to launch our 16 day International Days for the Elimination of Violence against Women Campaign. The KWO campaign focus this year, is “Stop Domestic Violence Against Women and Children”. We will have activities in 7 Karen Refugees Camps and 7 districts in Karen State for members of our community to participate in. Below are photos from the launch.
“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.
In an exclusive interview with Karen News, the Secretary of the Karen Women’s Organization (KWO), a community based organisation representing more than 49,000 women including refugees in Thailand and internally displaced persons inside Burma, said that ethnic women were second-class citizens in their own country.
“We are not only ignored, we are being abused and victimized. The peace talks don’t include a significant or meaningful level of women participants on the Burmese side or the ethnic side. Continue reading →
We pay tribute to the women and girls from Burma who have suffered great injustices,
but whose courage and strength inspire us.
Today, the 5th of April 2014 is KWO Day and we are pleased to announce the launch of the revised and updated version of ARM (Automatic Response Mechanism). ARM is intended to be used as the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to respond to cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in the 7 Karen refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border. The information and advice in ARM will be useful for those involved in SGBV cases: the victim, her family and friends, organisations and structures in our community that give services or support, national and international organisations that give services or support to refugees.
The original ARM was released in 2003 as a document that gives advice and guidance to support women and girls who have suffered sexual or physical violence. Continue reading →