On March 8, 20112, WEAVE Foundation (Women's Education for Advancement and Empowerment) celebrated women around the world for International Women's Day.
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:
Art competition and essay writing contests focusing on the "roles of women as bridge to peace and hope" were also held.
As part of this month's activities, WEAVE Foundation's collection of pictures showcasing nursery school-age children's artworks and women refugees are displayed and available for viewing at the Karenni National Women's Organization's (KNWO) office in Karenni Site2, Ban Mae Surin, Thailand. The artwork display is part of WEAVE's fundraising initiatives to support the nursery school program on the Thai-Burma border.
On International Women's Day, women around the world envisioned a peaceful world and a better future:
and so have we.
We believe that together we can.
We invite you to join WEAVE Foundation in advancing the status and the development of refugee and displaced women and children!