Karenni National Women’s Organization (KNWO) is a non-profit community-based organization. KNWO was founded in 1993 by Karenni women who fled to Thailand seeking asylum from Myanmar’s brutal military regime.

In Karenni state, women were subject to serious human rights abuses by the Burmese military, including rape, torture, and forced labour. This led to many seeking asylum along the Thailand-Myanmar border. However, in the refugee camps along this border, women continue to experience discrimination and violence.

KNWO advocates for women’s rights, protection, and empowerment through education and advocacy. KNWO has 2 offices- the first in Mae Hong Son, and the second in Loikaw Township, the capital of Karenni state.

Our mission is:

To ensure that KNWO is internationally recognised as a women’s organisation and to advocate for equal rights, empowerment, protection, livelihood, and a peaceful society for women and girls living in refugee camps along the Thai/Myanmar border and in Karenni state

Our vision is:

Every women and girl is able to make their own choices in their lives to enjoy full equal rights in social, economic and political life, and live free from violence

To achieve its mission and vision, KNWO seeks to:

  1. Build the capacity of women to be decision-makers and leaders in their families and communities
  2. Promote and protect Karenni women’s rights locally and globally
  3. Provide necessary services and support to women and children to ensure their well-being