Thank you for helping to raise funds for regional projects dedicated to ending gender violence by supporting the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. The Fund currently supports 78 initiatives in 71 countries and territories, with grants totalling US$56.8 million. Created in 1996, the Fund provides help for effective and sustainable initiatives to prevent, address, reduce, and ultimately eliminate these violations of women’s human rights. We have supported several programmes in Southeast Asia since our founding in 1998.
Our UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women beneficiary is the Karenni National Women’s Organisation. The grants supported 10,000 women annually in Burmese refugee camps on the Thailand-Myanmar border, where gender-based violence is rife.
The project aims to ensure that women and girls affected by violence receive comprehensive assistance from community-based service partners, allowing survivors of violence to heal quickly and safely. KNWO uses one-on-one therapy, conflict resolution seminars for both men and women, and empowerment initiatives to ultimately end the cycle of violence within the camps. Through our institutional strengthening, KNWO is quickly becoming the lead agency for prevention and response to violence.
Q and A section
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
79300 Karenni people have been displaced from their homes due to violence, mostly women and children. For the past few years, the Singapore Committee for UN Women funded grants under the UN Trust Fund towards the KNWO. KNWO is a Community Based Organization and was founded on March 10, 1993 by concerned women individuals to organize women refugees who fled their homes to seek asylum along the Thai-Burma border in Mae Hong Son, North West of Thailand.
How will this project solve this problem?
Based in a refugee camp on the Thailand/Myanmar border, KNWO uses one-on-one therapy, conflict resolution seminars for both men and women, and empowerment initiatives to allow the 10,000 survivors of gender violence to heal quickly and safely while ending the cycle of violence within the camps.
“Over the last year we’ve gained confidence as an organization, especially on how to develop awareness raising plans and activities, how to develop and provide key messages to the community. We are now able to this work on our own … We would like to extend our thanks to UNTF for supporting us, KNWO, to be a strong sustainable organization and to become the lead agency for gender based violence through our handover plan.” - Lu Myar, Women Child Protection Coordinator, Karenni National Women Organisation, Ban Mai Nai Soi Refugee Camp, Thailand.
*Lu Myar is a refugee from Karenni State in Myanmar, who has lived in Ban Mai Nai Soi camp for 7 years and has worked with the KNWO for the last 6 years. Lu Myar is the KNWO’s Women and Child Protection Coordinator, working with Karenni refugee women survivors of violence, and overseeing efforts to change community attitudes that allow the violence to continue.
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