Recognition of Karen Women’s Skills, Talents and Contributions toward Our Community on International Women’s Day 8th March, 2016

On this Int’l Women’s Day, We, KWO would like to honor some of the Karen Women who work for our community and also share their skills and talents, which bring more recognition toward Karen Ethnic Nationality around the world. We respect each and all of these women for their hard working and will continue to support them in the way we can. We, women can do every thing as long as we support each other and work together to make a strong unique voice!

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KWO Magazine Volume 3 Issue 4

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.

Strong Evidence Supporting the Tragic Conclusion that Two Kachin Teachers Have Been Raped and Murdered by Burmese Army

KWO Supports the statements below from the Women’s League of Burma and the Kachin Women’s Association.  It is time for these horrific human rights violations to end. (statements below in English and Burmese)


‘If they had hope, they would speak’

The ongoing use of state sponsored sexual violence in Burma’s ethnic communities

cover_website(Yangon, November 24, 2014) – Burma Army soldiers continue to engage in acts of sexual violence on a widespread scale, and women and human rights defenders in ethnic communities face harassment and persecution, the Women’s League of Burma (WLB) said in a new report published today to coincide with International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. To achieve sustainable peace and help safeguard  the rights of ethnic women, the government of Burma must immediately stop its military offensives in the ethnic areas, pull back its troops and begin political dialogue with the ethnic armed groups towards genuine federalism.

Statement in English | ျမန္မာဘာသာ PDF1
Full Report in English | ျမန္မာဘာသာ အစီအရင္ခံစာဖတ္ရန္ PDF1

The WLB’s new report, ‘If they had hope, they would speak’: The ongoing use of state-sponsored sexual violence in Burma’s ethnic communities’, highlights 118 incidences of gang-rape, rape, and attempted sexual assault that have been documented in Burma since 2010, in both ceasefire and

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Myanmar/Burma Indigenous Network for Education (MINE) Response to Myanmar Education Laws




K_MINE_Response_Edu_Law_Burmese Version;



Ethnic Women ‘Ignored, Abused And Victimized’


“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 “Ethnic Women ‘Ignored, Abused And Victimized’”

KWO supports Kachin Women’s Association Thailand

KWO condemns these actions by the Burmese military and the ongoing use of rape as a weapon of war.

Press release by the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand

31st October, 2013

Ongoing Burmese Army atrocities in Kachin State are undermining the peace process

New documentation by the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) exposes recent atrocities by Burmese government troops against Kachin civilians, despite ongoing peace negotiations.

KWAT’s new update documents abuses committed in Nhka Ga village, near Putao, northern Kachin State, in September 2013. After fighting in the area, Burmese troops raided the village, accusing them of supporting the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). They detained the villagers, torturing ten men and killing three, and a young mother was raped by an officer.

This military operation is directly linked to the securing of control over northern Kachin State’s rich timber and mineral resources. Nhka Ga village lies on a new road being built from the China border to large concession areas recently granted to billionaire crony Tay Za.

The atrocities took place only a month before the latest peace talks between the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) and the Burmese government in Myitkyina on October 8-10.

Soon after the last peace talks, on October 22, about 1,000 Burmese troops attacked and occupied two villages in Mansi township, in southern Kachin State, displacing over 1,000 villagers. About 400 villagers were detained in a village church, leading to the death of a 76-year-old woman. The Burmese troops had moved in after KIA had withdrawn from the strategic Kaihtik-Bhamo road.

“Between each round of peace talks, the Burmese government is seizing new strategic sites and expanding its military into Kachin areas,” said Jessica Nhkum, KWAT joint secretary. “How can we believe that this process will lead to peace?”

Since the renewal of conflict between the Kachin Independence Army and the Burmese Army on June 9, 2011, there have been three official peace talks and at least ten unofficial peace talks between the two sides.

KWAT is urging the Burmese government to immediately cease military offensives against Kachin people and other ethnic nationalities and withdraw troops from the conflict areas.

The full update can be viewed on

Contact persons:

Ms. Seng Shadan  (+66 896396080 )

Ms. Seng Zin (+66 846142330)