Burmese women's organisations
|Title:|| ||Borderline Women's Collective
|Description/subject:|| ||Borderline Women's Collective, Gallery and Tea Garden, located in Mae Sot, Thailand began with three women's organisations seeking to establish a shared marketing space for women from Burma and living along the Thai-Burma border to sell their hand made items. The women's groups also hoped that by having a collectively managed market they would build their capacity for running income generation projects with the communities with which they work. In May 2004, the Borderline Women's Collective opened... As of May 2008, the members of the Collective are: KWO (Karen Women's Organization); TBCAF (Tak Border Child Assistance Foundation); KWAT (Kachin Women's Association of Thailand);
LWO (Lahu Women's Organisation); MWO (Mon Women's Organisation); WDG (Women's Development Group); CWG (Chin Women's Group); CFSG (Community Forest Support Group) and ESC (English Speaking Course - Nu Po Camp).|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Borderline Women's Collective|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||04 May 2008|
|Title:|| ||Burmese Women's Union
|Source/publisher:|| ||Burmese Women's Union|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||08 January 2011|
|Title:|| ||Burmese Women’s Union (BWU)
|Description/subject:|| ||Minimal content|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Burmese Women's Union|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||04 March 2016|
|Title:|| ||Gender Equality Network (GEN) Myanmar
|Description/subject:|| ||Key Focus Areas:
* Contributing to the development of laws, policies, systems, structures and practices to achieve women’s rights and participation at every level
* Contributing to the articulation and reinforcement of social practices and cultural norms that favour gender equality, and changing those that discriminate against women
* Promoting women’s participation in leadership and public life, and supporting women to have the capacity and opportunity to effectively exercise their roles in all sectors
* Addressing gender-based violence through increasing awareness and support to stakeholders for implementation of effective evidence-based mechanisms and strategies to prevent and mitigate violence against women and girls
* Strengthening GEN to continue to be a dynamic and cohesive network of skilled and confi dent
members who are able to work effectively for women’s rights and gender equality...|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Gender Equality Network (GEN) Myanmar via LRC|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||12 July 2013|
|Title:|| ||Kachin Women's Association of Thailand (KWAT)
|Description/subject:|| ||"In Burma the military regime has been in power for several decades, resulting in armed conflict with the various minority ethnic people including the Kachin, who occupy the northernmost state on the China border. The Kachin Independence Army was the first to negotiate a ceasefire with the junta in 1994 but promises of investment in the infrastructure in Kachin State have not been realised. Instead, the military regime has authorised and benefitted from large-scale extraction of Kachin's natural resources – timber, gold, jade and HEP – and these benefits are not shared with the Kachin people. Mismanagement of the economy, the prioritising of military expenditure over public services, spiralling costs of basic commodities as well as schooling and medical care, are making it increasingly difficult for people to survive so many Kachin people, mainly young men and women, have left their homeland and scattered to foreign countries.
Some of KWAT's founding members
The number of Kachin people coming to Thailand is growing year on year and the social and economic problems in the Kachin community have also increased accordingly. Recognizing the urgent need for women to organize themselves to help solve these problems both in Kachin State and in Thailand, five far-sighted women formed the Kachin Women's Association Thailand (KWAT) in Chiang Mai on the 9th September 1999.
The empowerment and advancement of Kachin women in order to improve the lives of women and children in Kachin society.
As a non profit-making organisation working on behalf of Kachin women, we have a vision of a Kachin State where all forms of discrimination are eliminated; where all women are empowered to participate in decision making at a local, national and international level; and where all Kachin children have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
We are committed to meeting the needs of the Kachin community by promoting equality, respect, human dignity and independence. To this purpose, we are committed to the development of KWAT as a strong organisation, based upon unity and trust through transparency and honesty. As individuals, we are committed to working together with love, patience, wisdom and sacrifice.
• To promote women's rights, children's rights and gender equality
• To promote women's participation in politics and in peace & reconciliation processes
• To oppose all forms of violence against women including human trafficking
• To provide health education & health services
• To promote women's awareness of how to manage and protect the environment"...
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 August 2011 12:00|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Kachin Women's Association of Thailand (KWAT)|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||24 November 2011|
|Title:|| ||Karen Women Organization
|Description/subject:|| ||Large site, many dead or obsolete links......
"The Karen Women’s Organisation was formed in 1949 and has a membership of over 49,000 women. KWO is a community-based organisation of Karen women working in development and relief in the refugee camps on the Thai border and with IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) and women inside Burma. Since our formation in 1949 we have expanded our focus from one of purely social welfare to try to encourage an awareness of Women’s Rights and to promote women’s participation in the community decision making and political processes......The objectives of the KWO"
* To assist women in the endeavour to be free from all forms of oppression.
* To promote and empower women in all spheres of life, including education and general living standards.
* To encourage women to participate in the struggle for freedom, democracy and equality.
* To develop women’s knowledge, ability and skills, including political and organisational skills.
* To achieve the rights of women and equal status with men.
* To promote and maintain Karen culture and traditions.
* To improve the well being of women and children and to increase their access to adequate health, education and welfare service.....
KWO aims to empower women through offering various capacity building trainings to teach skills, build confidence and create new opportunities so that women will be better able to solve problems. We are working hard to educate ourselves and our communities so that we can work more effectively and advocate for our struggle on the international stage...
We believe that women’s contribution is an essential factor in the peace-building and national reconciliation processes of Burma."|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Karen Women Organization|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||03 June 2003|
|Title:|| ||Karenni National Women’s Organization (KNOW)
|Description/subject:|| ||"The Karenni National Women’s Organization (KNOW) is a nonprofit grassroots organization, founded 6 years ago in 1994 by Karenni women who had fled to and found tenuous asylum on Thai soil. Some of these women have tried many times to return home, each time finding the situation in Karenni State intolerable and returning to Thailand once again. Within the Karenni refugee camp there has been a noticeable gender different involving decision making, where the input and participation of women has been minimal. In recent times, this has begun to change through necessity and women beginning to take leadership roles and organize themselves into flexible grassroots organizations. However, because of lack of education, women still remain facing many problems in getting forward aswell as in obtaining, leading and managing roles in the community. Therefore, the organization realized that it is up to the women themselves to open the way and upgrade their ability and knowledge..."|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||13 December 2010|
|Title:|| ||Pa-O Women’s Union (PWU)
|Description/subject:|| ||Minimal content|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Pa-O Women’s Union (PWU)|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||04 March 2016|
|Title:|| ||Palaung Women's Organisation website (English and Burmese)
|Description/subject:|| ||What we believe:
'PWO believes that recognizing women’s rights and women participation in different level of political and social tasks is one of the processes of building a just society'...
The Palaung Women’s Organization (PWO) was established in 2000 in response to the dearth of women actively participating within other Palaung organizations. Cultural factors determined that men had greater access to training, better English language and computer skills, greater self-confidence and more leadership opportunities.
PWO was formed with the intention of educating and empowering women so that they could develop and strengthen their own self-determination and achieve equality of participation....
PWO mission statement:
We are Palaung women who will advocate and advance the statues of women in field of development and working forwards achieving gender equality, justice, peace and democratic society...
To actively work towards the eliminating of all form of violence against women
To develop and advance the status of Palaung women to actively participate in the political sphere
To advocate toward the improvement of the health and well being of Palaung people
To increase attention and response at the local, regional and international levels towards addressing Human Rights violations in the Palaung area...
Programs and projects:
Women's Political Development Program;
Eliminating Violence Against Women Program;
Information Documentation and Research Department;
Income Generation projects.|
|Language:|| ||English, Burmese|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Palaung Women's Organisation|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||25 January 2012|
|Title:|| ||Rakhaing Women’s Union (RWU)
|Description/subject:|| ||"Rakhaing Women’s Union (RWU) was founded on 14th November 1998 in Bangladesh-Burma-Border under the leadership of Saw MraRaza Linn, who is also a prominent 8888 democracy activist in Rakhaing State, Myanmar.
When RWU was founded, her first aim was to work on freedom of Rakhaing with the active participation of women, education and health program and basic needs of refugee women and children along the Bangladesh-Burma-Border. Later, her objectives were added to develop the status of Women and to make them free from discrimination, from violence against Women and also to work on Peace and Democracy in Myanmar.
In 1999 Women League of Burma was founded and RWU became the main founder of it.
After 24 years in exiled life, Saw Mra Raza Linn was allowed to return to her country on 26th August 2012 for discussion on Peace Talk, then RWU office was opened in Sittway and members of RWU are working closely with people Rakhaing Pray.
Now, Rakhaing Women’s Union is working on National Reconciliation, Peace and Negotiation process of Burma(Myanmar) and trying to participate in every decision making level."|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Rakhaing Women’s Union (RWU)|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||04 March 2016|
|Title:|| ||Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN)
|Description/subject:|| ||"SWAN is a founding member of the Women's League of Burma (WLB), an umbrella women's organization comprising eleven women's groups from Burma. SWAN, through its affiliation with other women's organizations, establishes common platforms to promote the role of women from Burma in the struggle for democracy and human rights in their country.
SWAN's objectives: * Promoting women's rights and the rights of children; * Opposing exploitation of and violence against women and children; * Working together for peace and freedom in our society; * Empowering women for a better life; * Raising awareness to preserve natural resources and the environment. Background of SWAN
SWAN was set up on 28 March 1999 by a group of Shan women active in Thailand and along the Thai- Burma border seeking to address the needs of Shan women. In fact, before the formation of SWAN, Shan women in various locations had already been active in a number of projects to assist women. Even though informal networks were in place, it was felt that more could be achieved, in addressing both practical and strategic needs of Shan women, if a more concrete network among the various women could be formed.
This Shan women's network would also be able to coordinate with other women's organizations from Burma, as well as GOs and NGOs working with women locally, nationally and internationally.
The Shan State is over 64,000 square kilometers in size and forms the eastern part of the Union of Burma bordering China, Laos and Thailand. The people of the Shan State, like in other areas of Burma, suffer from abuse inflicted by the Burmese military regime, which according to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch Asia is amongst the worst in the world. The abuse inflicted on the Shan people by the Burmese military has forced many people to flee for their lives to Thailand.
The Thai government, however, does not recognize the Shan people as refugees and unlike the Karen and Karenni refugees, has not allowed them to set up refugees camps along the Thai-Burmese border. Consequently the Shans are forced to enter Thailand illegally, which leaves them extremely vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Despite this, Shan people are still coming to take refuge in Thailand. The estimated number of Shans working illegally in Thailand is at least 300,000. Among them are many girls and young women who have been trafficked into Thai brothels, where they face a wide range of abuse including sexual and other physical violence, debt bondage, exposure to HIV/AIDS, forced labor without payment and illegal confinement..."
Reports, programmes etc.|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN)|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||April 2003|
|Title:|| ||Social Action for Women (SAW)
|Description/subject:|| ||Organization Profile:
Social Action for Women (SAW) was founded in June 25, 2000 to assist displaced women from Burma who are in crisis situations after having fled to Mae Sod, Thailand. SAW is based in Mae Sod and was established to support women facing difficulties through the provision of shelter, health education, rights awareness, counseling, and vocational training for unskilled women. SAW has expanded its focus population to include caring for and educating orphaned children and children of migrant parents.
In 2008, SAW was one of 25 organizations worldwide to receive the Red Ribbon Award from the UNDP for providing outstanding HIV prevention, treatment and education on a grassroots level....
Among the projects run by SAW, are the Safe House for abandoned babies, the Children's Crisis Center, the Women's Crisis Center, the Health Care House, which is a shelter for women living with HIV/AIDS, a Preschool and Middle School, the Reproductive Health Program and an Income Generation Program. In 2006, SAW started two new programs: the Women Talk Program and a Program against Gender-Based Violence.....
By supporting vulnerable women and children, SAW hopes it will strengthen their abilities to face future challenges, minimize their risk of becoming involved in illicit activities and help them develop into healthy and productive members of society.....
1. To assist Burmese women and children affected by displacement along the Thai-Burma border by providing support services in areas of health, education and safe housing
2. To provide counseling and training to helpless women and children
3. To promote health education among migrant workers.....
To meet its goals, SAW is closely collaborating with Mae Tao Clinic, Mae Sod Hospital, UNHCR (Mae Sod), World Vision, RH Network (Mae Sod), Committee for Protection and Promotion of Child Rights, Burmese Worker Associations and other women organizations in Mae Sod.|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Social Action for Women (SAW)|
|Format/size:|| ||html, jpeg, pdf|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||15 February 2009|
|Title:|| ||Tavoyan Women's Union
|Description/subject:|| ||A facebook page with frequent updates on local news and events.|
|Language:|| ||Burmese and English|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Tavoyan Women's Union|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||05 March 2016|
|Description/subject:|| ||About Weave: "The organization was founded in 1990, with the intent to empower indigenous women and support their needs and basic human rights. The organization has evolved over the years, especially in the context of the influx of refugees from Burma.
In 1994, WEAVE developed a partnership with refugee women’s organizations. This lead to changes in our mission to reflect the organizations new thrust and direction.
WEAVE’s projects attempt to address some of the problems faced by marginalized ethnic women from Burma and their children in the key areas of education, health and self reliance.
Our work is multi-sectoral and we continue to create and expand opportunities for women and their communities. While each program has its own focal area, WEAVE has started to become more integrated in our approach, recognizing the interrelatedness of our programs while at the same time trying to remain relevant. Capacity development and advocacy are integral parts of all WEAVE’s programs.
WEAVE’s target communities are displaced persons, particularly women, recognizing their role in providing for their families and in ensuring the well-being of their children. Our work has expanded to include the Indo-Burma border, but mainly concentrates along the Thai-Burma border...Vision Mission and Goals:
Women’s Advancement and Empowerment through Education...
Our Challenge and Commitment:
We are Women’s Education for Advancement and Empowerment (WEAVE) a non-profit women’s organization established in 1990.
We exist believing that encouraging the leadership of women and the development of their status benefits the whole community...
Towards this end:
We shall support women to expand their power, rights and opportunities through active women’s organizations in their communities.
We shall support and strengthen the development efforts of women’s organizations to become empowered and self-reliant, enabling them to participate fully in their communities and political life.
We are women and men of diverse ethnic groups and geographical backgrounds. As individuals and as an organization, we are committed to working in partnership with marginalized ethnic women from Burma .|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||30 January 2007|
|Title:|| ||Woman and Child Rights Project
|Description/subject:|| ||Objectives: "To monitor the woman and child rights situation in Mon areas and southern part of Burma, by collecting information about their real situation in the reference to the CEDAW and CRC. To empower and educate women and children in the Mon community, by providing information on their rights accordingly to CEDAW and CRC and encourage them to participate in the struggle in protection of their own rights."|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Woman and Child Rights Project (WCRP)|
|Alternate URLs:|| ||http://www.burmalibrary.org/show.php?cat=2091&lo=d&sl=0|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||04 March 2016|
|Title:|| ||Women's League of Burma (WLB)
|Description/subject:|| ||Well-designed site containing several substantial reports, links, profiles of member organisations, etc. Members:
Kachin Women's Association - Thailand (KWAT);
Karen Women's Organization (KWO);
Kuki Women's Human Rights Organization (KWHRO);
Lahu Women's Organization (LWO);
Palaung Women's Organization (PWO);
Pa-O Women's Union (PWU);
Rakhaing Women's Union (RWU);
Shan Women's Action Network (SWAN);
Tavoy Women's Union (TWU);
Women's Rights & Welfare Association of Burma (WRWAB)...
"The Women's League of Burma (WLB) is an umbrella organization comprising 11 already-existing women's organizations of different ethnic backgrounds from Burma. WLB was founded on December 9,1999. Its mission is to work for women's empowerment and advancement of the status of women, and to work for the increased participation of women in all spheres of society in the democracy movement, and in peace and national reconciliation processes through capacity building, advocacy, research and documentation...
To work for the empowerment and development of women.
To encourage women's participation in decision-making in all spheres of life.
* To enable women to participate effectively in the movement for peace, democracy and national reconciliation.
By working together, and encouraging cooperation between the different groups, the Women's League of Burma hopes to build trust, solidarity and mutual understanding among women of all nationalities in Burma.".... The site also contains statements made by WLB representatives at various regional and international meetings including the Commission on Human Rights and the World Conference Against Racism.|
|Language:|| ||English, (links in Burmese, Thai)|
|Source/publisher:|| ||Women's League of Burma|
|Format/size:|| ||html, pdf|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||28 October 2003|