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Grassroots Karen Women Groups Call for Genuine Reforms and More Involvement in Burma Politics

Karen women’s groups called for more women to be involved in Burma’s federal political and Karen National Union elections. The call was made in a statement issued after the 4th Grassroots Karen Women Seminar held during the last week of October, 2019. The statement called for the abolishment of the 2018 Vacant Fellow and Virgin land law and for widespread…

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Karen Women’s Organization Receives Women of Change Awards from U.S. Embassy

The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) has received this year’s ‘Women of Change Award’ from the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar on March 22 evening. On behalf of their organization, Naw Wah Khu Shee and Naw Say Say from the KWO’s central standing committee attended the reward ceremony at the U.S. Ambassador’s home on Pyay Road in Yangon. Over 50 guests including…

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Workshop Held in Hpa-an to Boost Networking among CSOs

Women Leadership Sector and Gender Equality Workshop and CSO meeting has been held at Hotel Gabbana in Karen State’s Capital Hpa-an on February 20-21 with the aim to introduce the civil society organizations (CSOs) in the Karen State and share their activities and boost networking. “The organizations from this area will exchange their experiences and give advices on how to…

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Karen Women’s Empowerment Group visits Pyidaungsu Hluttaw

The Karen Women’s Empowerment Group (KWEG) went on its first excursion to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw in Naypyidaw on June 20. A total of 47 village leaders from Hpa-an, Kawkareik, Kyain Seik Gyi and Hlaingbwe Townships in Karen State studied the activities carried out by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and discussed regional development issues. Head of the KWEG’s implementation plan for civilian…

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Karen Women Demand More Positions in KNU Leadership and More Involvement in the Peace Process

As millions of women around the globe took to the streets or rallies to commemorate the 106th International Women’s Day, the Karen Women Organization rose to the occasion to demand that more women are involved in the Karen National Union leadership and that they take part in the political decision making at all levels. The KWO released a statement offering…

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Women’s Organisation Raising Awareness of Violence Against Women

The Women’s Organisations Network – Karen State (WON-KS) held an awareness-raising programme on violence against women in Kha Lel Village in Kyain Seikgyi Township, Karen State on 28 November. The WON-KS chairperson Naw Khaing Thitzar said: “As part of the 16 days of activism to fight violence against women, we have come here to hold this [program]. We came to…

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Refugee Community on the Thai-Burma Border Caught in Hard Place

Funding cuts have decreased food rations, negatively impacted already weakened health care and education systems, and a resettlement process has taken many in community leadership roles before replacements can be adequately trained. Refugees feel they are being forced to “voluntarily” repatriate or remain in camps that are underfunded and find it increasingly difficult to meet the needs of the refugees.…

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**Abused at home, Myanmar women failed by law and traditions

YANGON (Myanmar Now) – Last month, Phyu Phyu made a life-changing decision that few women in Myanmar dare to take in her situation: the 38-year-old mother of two left the family home in Yangon’s Thingangyun Township to escape her abusive husband. “I was hit with a broken glass, and got bruises and cuts on my head. Once I was hit…

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Report Highlights Ethnic Women’s Mistrust of Govt After Decades of War, Human Rights Abuses

A new report by the Karen Human Rights Group has documented the insecurity and mistrust ethnic women have to Burmese authorities following decades of armed conflict. The report, entitled Hidden Strengths, Hidden Struggles, catalogues some of the main concerns ethnic women have as they go about their daily lives, including fears over personal security, sexual violence, land confiscation and access…

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International Women’s Day: 110 Renowned Women call on Burma’s Government to end rape and sexual violence

High profile women, including actress Dame Judi Dench and actress Gillian Anderson, have put their names to a document calling on action to stop the sexual assault and rape of women in Burma. The pledge, which was released to mark International Women’s Day, called for: 1. An investigation into rape and sexual violence by the Burmese military against ethnic women…

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