About Us

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The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) was formed in 1949 and re-organised in 1985. Currently KWO has a membership of more than 60,000 women living in Karen State, Burma and in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border. KWO is a leading indigenous women’s organization working in protection and our programs directly serve women, girls, children, and the most vulnerable people in our community. We promote women’s leadership, gender sensitivity and community ownership in all aspects of our work. KWO is active in four main sectors: Organising and Information Sharing Program, Education Program, Health Program and Social Welfare Program.  

Photo Credit Hsar Doe Doh Moo of KESAN

‘Empowerment, Equality, Freedom’

KWO Vision: In a federal Burma, all communities have gender equality, the protection and promotion of indigenous people’s rights, human rights, and justice.

KWO Mission: 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.


  1. Ensure that KWO is an organization which is strong, sustainable, effective and healthy.
  2. Karen women are free from any kind of oppression and enjoy an adequate standard of living.
  3. Karen women have gender equality in all spheres of life at all levels.
  4. Karen women are encouraged to participate in political leadership at different levels and work together to achieve federalism.
  5. In our community, our people, especially women and children, can practice and enjoy full indigenous rights.

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