Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT)

Owing to the deteriorating political, economic and social situation in the Kachin state, many Kachin people, mainly young men and women have left their homeland and scattered to foreign countries.

The number of Kachin people coming to Thailand each year for various purposes is increasing year by year. Problems in the Kachin community have also increased accordingly. Recognizing the urgent need for women to organize themselves to solve their own problems, KWAT was formed in Chiang Mai on the 9th December 1999.

Goal

The empowerment and advancement of women in order to improve the lives of women and children.

Objectives

  • Promoting womens rights, childrens rights and gender equality
  • Promoting women’s participation in politics and in peace and reconciliation processes
  • Opposing all forms of violence against women including human trafficking
  • Providing health education and health services
  • Promoting women’s awareness of how to manage and protect the environment

Activities

  • Skills Training Program
  • Internship Program
  • Publications
  • Anti-Trafficking Program
  • Documentation & Research
  • Health Program
  • Income generation
  • Migrant Program

Capacity Building

  • Training program
  • Leadership
  • Office Management
  • Women?s rights and gender
  • Human rights
  • Constitution awareness
  • Documentation
  • Media and communication
  • Community development
  • Internship program

Health Project

  • Mobile clinic
  • Traditional birth assistance training

Documentation and research

  • Data collecting on trafficking
  • Trafficking report book

Publication

  • Newsletter
  • Translation and leaflet
  • Activities report book

Childs Rights

  • Training
  • Documentation
  • Campaign

Income Generation Project

  • Sewing
  • Weaving
  • Traditional products