WHERE: Bridges in Karenni Site1, Karenni Site2 and Umpiem Mai camp, Thai-Burma border
WHEN: March 8, 2012
WOMEN ON THE BRIDGE: Weave on the Join Me on the Bridge website
By Mitos Urgel, Executive Director, WEAVE
WEAVE Foundation (Women's Education for Advancement and Empowerment) celebrated women around the world for International Women's Day.On March 8, 20112,
Together with our refugee community partners, simultaneous peace marches were held towards the bridges of Karenni Site 1, Karenni Site 2 in Mae Hong Son Province and in Umpiem Mai, Tak Province Thailand. Over 500 refugee women, young girls, children and men were part of this historic event.
Standing at their respective bridges, they joined in solidarity with the rest women of the world in the "Join Us in the Bridge", the world's largest women's rights solidarity campaign to build peace and hope for our future.
And as well, they called for an end to violence against women in areas of conflict, for women to have equal right in decision-making processes, and for women to have equal access to livelihoods opportunities and fair and just employment/income.
We honoured two inspirational and highly committed Karenni refugee women leaders: