The historical roots of Myanmar make equality complicated, as ceasefires in the past have been relatively unsuccessful. Sixty years ago, the peace process was halted. Ethnic groups resisted & violence resulted. In 2012, the government attempted to renegotiate & invited ethnic armed groups to discuss as ceasefire as a means for peace. Currently, the Non-Conflict Agreement (NCA) is being conducted under a nationwide vote that will require a consensus to take effect.

From a gender perspective, there is a great need for greater socio-political participation by women. In particular, women should have their voices heard in the peace process. Currently, women’s socio-political participation is limited, from the village level to the state level.

KNWO advocates for greater women’s participation in politics at all levels. We collaborate with partners on political framework committees organized by the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP). We also collaborate closely with other civil society organizations (CSOs) & community-based organizations (CBOs) on peace & security issues, and participate in the CSO Forum. In addition, we organize campaigns and event days, such as International Day of Peace on 21 September & Human Rights Day on 10 December.

Recently, in 2016, KNWO conducted community consultations on the subject of peace & security. The results were discussed at the Kayah State Women’s Voice Conference, & subsequently published in a report. This report is being used to advocate for greater women’s participation and protection, to various decision makers. The report is available for download in the “Publications” section of this website.