KWO Condemns Escalating Violence in Karen State

20 January 2021: The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) condemns the latest attacks by the Burma Army in northern Karen State against innocent civilians. These merciless encroachments of villager rights must end. They warrant an immediate humanitarian response by the international community.  Karen civilians are being killed and injured and are being forced to flee soContinue reading “KWO Condemns Escalating Violence in Karen State”

Formal message for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

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.”

KWO Two Year Report 2018 & 2019

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”

KWO International Peace Day Statement 2020

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”

Urgent Call for Support for Flood Victims

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”

Op-ed: Pandemic aftermath threatens refugee livelihoods

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”

KWO Endorses Letter by Karen Peace Support Network

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”

Statement Calling for Release of Karen Martyrs’ Day Organizers

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”

KWO Statement Calls for Justice for Naw Mu Naw

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”