November 25 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The global 2020 theme is “from awareness to accountability.” KWO recognizes the efforts of women and men allies who have committed themselves to advocating for an end to gender-based violence. Their dedication and willingness ensure that the significance of this day isContinue reading “Formal message for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.”
The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) has produced a two-yearreport which highlights our achievements and in 2018 and 2019. Weare grateful to the many who continue to make our work possible.KWO is especially appreciative to our long-term donors: the AmericanJewish World Service, DAK foundation, the Fund for GlobalHuman Rights, the International Rescue Commission, Inter Pares,The BorderContinue reading “KWO Two Year Report 2018 & 2019”
21 September 2020: The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) welcomes International Peace Day by calling for genuine and inclusive peace in Burma. This year’s theme, ‘Shaping Peace Together,’ recognizes the importance of equal access and participation in all matters related to peace. Yet in Burma, women have been unfairly sidelined from participating and are seriously underrepresentedContinue reading “KWO International Peace Day Statement 2020”
KWO is urgently calling for support for those impacted by recent flooding in Ei Htu Hta camp. As of 24 August 2020, water levels in the Salween River continue to rise. As a result, recent flooding along the river banks has damaged homes in nearby villages and Ei Hta Hta IDP camp. The flooding hasContinue reading “Urgent Call for Support for Flood Victims”
The following op-ed was published in the Bangkok Post by KWO Joint Secretary 1, Naw Ta Mla Saw and Maggi Quadrini. As the Covid-19 situation in Thailand eases, and the kingdom gradually lifts movement restrictions, the needs of refugees living along the border with Myanmar in camps must not be overlooked. Over the past fewContinue reading “Op-ed: Pandemic aftermath threatens refugee livelihoods”
Burma is suffering economic hardship during COVID-19 pandemic, and to relief the situation, they designed COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan and trying passing it through parliament. The designed plans will implement the interests of government’s and military elites and the plan will not benefit to ethnic peoples but will only brought challenges and disasters. Thus, togetherContinue reading “KWO Endorses Letter by Karen Peace Support Network”
14 August 2020: The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) condemns the arrest of three Karen organizers who were brought to a police station for questioning on Karen Martyrs’ Day in Yangon on 12 August 2020. Ma Sein Htwe is being charged under Article 19 of the Peaceful Procession and Peaceful Assembly law for organizing last year’sContinue reading “Statement Calling for Release of Karen Martyrs’ Day Organizers”
The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) is reinforcing our call for justice following the murder of Naw Mu Naw, a Karen woman who was shot and killed by two Burma Army soldiers on 16 July 2020. Shortly after, the Burma Army stated that the soldiers responsible had received the ‘maximum punishment’ through the military courts andContinue reading “KWO Statement Calls for Justice for Naw Mu Naw”
In recognition of the 70th Karen Martyrs’ Day, KWO sends well wishes to Karen people all around the world, and reminds them to be strong, united and work together for a future that celebrates our history and values. Download the statement in Karen here.
On 5 August 2020, the General Secretary of the Karen Women’s Organization, Naw K’nyaw Paw, joined a panel discussion addressing the situation of refugees living along the Thai-Burma border. Her presentation can be viewed here in full.