A place on the platform: the participation of women in Karen community organizations

Henry, Nicholas 2013, A place on the platform: the participation of women in Karen community organizations, in Journeys from exclusion to inclusion: marginalized women’s successes in overcoming political exclusion, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, Stockhholm, Sweden, pp.266-293.

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Title A place on the platform: the participation of women in Karen community organizations
Author(s) Henry, Nicholas
Title of book Journeys from exclusion to inclusion: marginalized women’s successes in overcoming political exclusion
Editor(s) Smith, Julian
Publication date 2013
Chapter number 8
Total chapters 10
Start page 266
End page 293
Total pages 28
Publisher International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
Place of Publication Stockhholm, Sweden
Keyword(s) Myanmar
political participation
women
Karen women
community-based organisations
Summary This case study focuses on the collective agency of Karen women in organizing for change within the governance processes of their communities, primarily through participation in the Karen Women’s Organization (KWO). The case study charts the development of the KWO as a political organization promoting the role of women within the Karen communities. The contribution of the KWO to the inclusion and participation of women in customary governance has been achieved through inter-related processes: promoting women’s participation within the KWO itself; engagement at the community level to support the inclusion and leadership of women; working with other community-based organizations (CBOs) such as the Karen National Union (KNU) to promote the inclusion of women; and networking with international organizations to mobilize support for the empowerment of Karen women. Political education programmes for women are crucial in building the confidence and capacity of women activists to take part in the political life of their communities. Building relationships between women’s organizations and other CBOs is also essential for achieving and maintaining women’s participation in customary governance. The case study identifies lessons for CBOs pursuing education-based strategies of women’s empowerment, and seeking to balance organizational autonomy with customary affiliations. International organizations can help by supporting the independent activities of women’s organizations, promoting networking opportunities, and mainstreaming gender issues in all projects.
ISBN 9789186565930
Language eng
Field of Research 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
Socio Economic Objective 940201 Civics and Citizenship
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30057120

Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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