March 2018 Highlights

March is celebrated worldwide for being Women’s History Month and home to International Women’s Day. However this year we also comemmorated a major milestone in our organisation’s history: KNWO’s 25th anniversary!

This month our staff coordinated and participated in a broad range of advocacy events and campaigns, as well as making significant progress in our strategy plans for the months and year ahead.

Take a look at our highlights below…

KNWO’s 25th Anniversary and IWD Celebrations

Since 1993, KNWO has evolved into a leading women’s organization serving over 1500 Karenni women members and over 5,000 families in two refugee camps along the border. KNWO’s 20,000 members promote the need for peace in their families and communities in the idea is that peace will spread from individual homes.

To celebrate 25 years of progress, KNWO hosted a joint anniversary and International Women’s Day ceremony on the 10th March for our supporters and members in Mae Hong Son. Thank you to everyone who attended!

KNWO’s Loikaw staff also hosted a small celebration at our branch office which many local organisations, partners and supporters attended.

You can read our full IWD Day blog here.

Karenni National Day Celebrations

Our members, staff and supporters gathered in Mae Hong Son to celebrate the Karen New Year 2757.

KNWO staff member addresses the audience

KNWO Annual Meeting

Our annual meeting was held mid-month at our Mae Hong Son office. The three-day meeting was an opportunity for field staff and Loikaw branch staff to present on their current programme work, share reporting and develop a strategy for the year-ahead.

KNWO staff in a discussion workshop
KNWO staff in a discussion workshop

GBV coordination meeting

KNWO staff also participated in the bi-monthly GBV coordination meeting involving women’s groups, INGOs, legal and health aid organizations, UNHCR and local authorities. The aim of these meetings is to strengthen future shared action plans to address GBV in the Karenni state. Hosting coordination meetings is an effective way to tackle the challenges of case management and advocacy in order to provide the best legal, emotional and practical support to survivors.

KNWO and Shining Star staff
KNWO and Shining Star staff

WEAVE Graduation Ceremony

At the end of March, we were proud to see many of our Women Study Programme Participants graduate in a ceremony was in Camp 1. Thank you to our partners WEAVE for making this possible through our collaboration and helping so many women to reach their full potential.

KNWO are so grateful to everyone involved for standing in solidarity with the women we serve. Your support has made – and will continue to make – this incredible progress for women’s rights possible.