Promoting women’s leadership, gender sensitivity & community ownership.
The Karen Women’s Organisation (KWO) is a leading indigenous women’s organization formed in 1949 working to ensure all communities have gender equality, the protection and promotion of indigenous people’s rights, human rights and justice.
Latest Updates from KWO
- The Karen Women’s Organization and the Karen Human Rights Group Condemn the Burmese Junta’s Use of Women as Human ShieldsThe Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) and the Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) strongly condemn the use of women as human shields by the Burma Army in Karen State and other ethnic areas. Women in particular face many risks in beingContinue reading “The Karen Women’s Organization and the Karen Human Rights Group Condemn the Burmese Junta’s Use of Women as Human Shields”
- KWO Letter on Karen Martyrs DayOn the 71st Martyrs Day to commemorate the memory of our martyrs who have sacrificed their lives to protect us and ensure we can live with our dignity, we pay tribute to their legacy. Karen martyr’s have lost their livesContinue reading “KWO Letter on Karen Martyrs Day”
- KWO Letter on 74th KNDO DayToday marks the 74th KNDO day. KWO sends our best wishes to all KNDO soldiers. We encourage all our Karen people to be happy and healthy and to be hopeful, despite the daily challenges we face. The enemy never sleeps.Continue reading “KWO Letter on 74th KNDO Day”
In a federal Burma, all communities have gender equality, the protection and promotion of indigenous people’s rights, human rights, and justice.
KWO is an ethnic women’s community-based organization that empowers women so they have capacity and power to solve their own problems and participate in decision-making that will affect their lives.
KWO participates in the struggle to stop all kinds of oppression of women and of children and provides support for communities in the Thai-Burma border and in Karen State, Burma.
KWO does a wide variety of information gathering and sharing, advocacy, women’s empowerment, and community mobilization.
KWO collaborates with community-based health agencies to support local health workers.
KWO provides direct assistance to community members and works to solve social problems in the community.
Support KWO’s Sponsor A Teacher Campaign
We formed the Karen Women’s Organization to strengthen and serve our community. There were no Special Education services for our children. We could no longer watch our children languish in dark corners at home with their parents who had no support and little knowledge. So we built a Special Education project for ourselves. We trained a group of refugee women to work with our disabled
children and support their parents. We raised money. We changed lives.
Tragically, our financial support has been severely reduced as newer refugee
crises have pulled resources. We need your help to continue this vital program.