Karen Women’s Organization (KWO)
Since the formation in 1949, KWO has expanded
its focus from purely social welfare to try to encourage an awareness of women’s rights and to promote women’s participation in community decision making and political processes.
The Karen Women’s Organisation was formed in 1949 and has a membership of over 64,000 women. KWO is a community-based organisation of Karen women working in development and relief in the refugee camps on the Thai border and with IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) and women inside Burma. Since our formation in 1949 KWO have expanded its focus from purely social welfare to encourage an awareness of Women’s Rights and to promote women’s participation in the community decision making and political processes. KWO empowers women through capacity building trainings and creates new opportunities enabling the women to solve problems. KWO believes that women's contribution is an essential factor in the peace-building and national reconciliation process of Burma.