Karenni National Womens Organization

About KNWO

KNWO is a Community Based Organization which was re-instituted on March 10, 1993 by concerned women individuals to organize women refugees who had fled their homes to seek asylum along the Thai-Burma border in Mae Hong Son, North West of Thailand. KNWO has gained recognition as a lead organization to promote, protect and safeguard the well being of women in Karenni State, Burma.

KNWO's Vision

Every Women and girls are able to make their own choices in their lives, enjoy full equal rights in social, economic and political life and live free from violence.

Our Programs

Women and Children Protection Program

Camp residents march as part of the 16 days campaign against Violence against Women.


Through home visits, group discussions and campaigns KNWO target the whole community to increase understanding of Gender Based Violence concepts and promote peaceful families.


We support women who have experienced violence of any form by providing a Safe House and access to the camp's justice system.

Early Childhood Development Program

Nursery students are ready to participate in a KNWO activity.

Our Nursery Schools build our children's physical, social and mental well-being whilst preparing them for primary school, and also giving parents time to work.

Women Empowerment Program

Students for the Women's Study Program attend training at KNWO's office.

In partnership with Women's Education for Advancement and Empowerment, KNWO runs the Women's Study Program, a two year course for women and girls who have had limited access to education in their lives.

Our Intern program accepts students from the Women Study Program and from KnCC for one to three month placements. Some return to work for us after their graduation.

Advocacy and Documentation Program

Karenni Community College students particpate in the 16 day campaign.

ADP supports and promotes our other programs through campaigns and reports, working closely with our partners and other Women's organizations.

Women Livelihood Program

Products from TBC's weaving and sewing project.

The Border Consortium funds a textile weaving and sewing project that provides training and a source of income for those involved. They also offer small business training in running a small grocery shop.

Participants in this Women's Education for Advancement and Empowerment funded project produce high quality items for sale at the Mae Hong Son WEAVE showroom.

Inside Burma

Some oF KNWO's Loikaw office staff ready for International Day of Peace

KNWO's office in Loikaw, Karenni State continues our work inside Burma, through education, advocacy and providing a Safe house for victims of domestic violence.

Our Partner Donors