Karen Women Empowerment Group

Launched on International Women’s Day in 2003, KWEG is oriented toward women’s capacity-building, especially at the grassroots level. KWEG’s initiatives reflect its key priorities:

  • Increasing reproductive health knowledge and improving reproductive health care and behaviour;
  • Increasing women’s participation in society, including through the development of women’s learning centres; 
  • Empowering women through strengthening their livelihoods, via micro-finance and financial management skills; and 
  • Capacity-building in the areas of women’s protection and leadership promotion.

KWEG works in cooperation with such international organizations including as World Vision, the International Organization for Migration, Save the Children and United Nations agencies. KWEG also has served as Chair of the Women’s Organization Network; a steering committee member of the Gender Equality Network; and a project management board member of Myanmar NGO Network (MNN). KWEG represents the interests of all women in Myanmar in the Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative against Trafficking (COMMIT), and in Mekong region anti-trafficking network.

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