The Karen Women Organization’s held its 6th congress in early February at Lay Wah, Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State.
The KWO spokesperson, Executive Committee member, Naw Blooming Night Zan explained to Karen News that 138 representatives, observers and delegates attended the Congress.
Naw Blooming Night Zan said that every position such as community organizing, data collections, organizing, education, social and health departments were filled.
Naw Blooming night said that the KWO representatives spent time analyzing and discussing Karen women’s participation in the country’s current political situation, repatriation of refugees, return of displaced people and the current ‘peace talks’ between the Karen National Union and the Burms Government..
Speaking to Karen News. Naw Blooming Night Zan said there were many challenges ahead but noted that there were also opportunities.
“Villagers have more freedom to travel during the ceasefire period. However, the Burma Army is still reinforcing its positions – transporting its military supplies through KNU Brigades 2, 5, 6 and 7. There more army fortification and based on report from KWO delegations from the Townships and Districts, local people are concern that there is potential for conflict.”
At the KWO 6th Congress, 11 Executive Committee members were elected, including – Nan Dah Eh as the Chairperson, Naw Paw Day Toe as Vice-chairperson, Naw K’nyaw Paw as Secretary, Naw Ta Mla Saw as Joint Secretary 1 and Naw Siyo Paw as Joint Secretary 2.