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2014 International Women’s Day

On the 8th of March 2014, the International Women’s Day (IWD) will be celebrated worldwide. Women’s Education for Advancement and Empowerment (WEAVE)Foundation has been working for more than twenty years, empowering refugee and displaced women and children from Burma as well as disadvantaged Hill-tribe women in Northern Thai villages.Through education, economic opportunities and other support, […]

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Sexual Violence in Burma used as a War Weapon

In January 2014, the thailand-based Women’s League of Burma (WLB) launched the report “Same Impunity, Same Pattern: Sexual abuses by the Burma army will not stop until there is a genuine civilian government”.  100 sexual violence crimes are documented since 2010, including 47 gang rapes with victims as young as 8 years old-perpetrated by the […]

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WEAVE: Promoting Fair Trade activities in Refugee Camps

7:45am, it is time to meet Mitos Urgel, the executive director of WEAVE: we have a busy day ahead of us. With her traditional hat and embroidered shoes, we can’t be wrong! Soon we meet the staff that will accompany us during our visit: Tonette Guillermo, the managing director, Cynthia Law and Kawkaw, assistant director […]

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Empowering Refugees from Burma, through Education & Craftwork

Muga Pado (Big Aunty, literally, in the Karen language) is Karen by ethnicity. and has been one of the pioneer embroiderers of WEAVE’s handicraft project. Muga Pado’s family escaped to Thailand in 1990 from the human rights atrocities perpetrated by the Burmese military junta.

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Breaking the vicious cycle of economic dependence

Back home in her village in Karen State, Burma, Naw Wah May Paw sold rice and curry at the roadside to make money for her family. But her livelihood and safety were threatened when the Burmese military began attacking nearby villages. She endured the constant fear and threat, until an attack occurred close to her […]

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