International Women’s Day Background Briefing Pamphlet

Background Briefing of International Women’s Day – By KWO in Karen Version

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KWO Statement on World Refugee Day,20th June ,2015

On World Refugee Day Burma Government and International Community Must Commit to Respecting Voices and Rights of Burma’s Refugees

 (20 June, 2015) On this 2015 World Refugee Day, we stand in solidarity with the over 110,000 refugees who fled Burma to seek protection in the nine camps along the Thailand-Burma border, embodying the years of conflict and the struggle for democracy. We call on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Burma Government, the international donors, and all parties to respect the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, and uphold the rights of all refugees.

KWO Statement on World Refugee Day,2015 (Karen Version)

KWO Statement on World Refugee Day,2015 (English Version)

KWO Statement on World Refugee Day,2015 (Burmese Version)

Walking Amongst Sharp Knives Report (Karen Version)

As KWO first reported in 2010, in lowland Karen areas in Eastern Burma Karen women are more and more becoming chiefs,  as people have hoped they will not be killed by the Burmese Army like some male chiefs.  This is a big change in our traditions and has made women more visible and vulnerable to human rights abuses by the Burmese Army.  It also means that women have become leaders when our community has most needed it. Many women stood up and faced the Burmese Army directly representing and working for our people.  These women leaders are now experienced leaders of our community with knowledge about how their community works and how to deal with the Burmese Army Continue reading “Walking Amongst Sharp Knives Report (Karen Version)”

30th Anniversary Of Karen Women’s Organization Media Advisory

“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.