This Interview with Naw A--- describes her perspective on local issues in Kawkareik Township, Dooplaya District, including women’s rights, development projects and refugee return.
The situation regarding women’s rights in Kawkareik Township, Dooplaya District has improved compared to the past because of Karen Community Based Organisations [CBOs]conducting workshops on women’s rights and human rights.
The number of female participants in leadership roles at the village and area level has increased in B--- village, Kawkareik Township following increased awareness of the rights of women.
CBOs support the villagers in B--- and other villages in Kawkareik Township, Dooplaya District by establishing a water supply project.
Save the Children alongside a local partner organisation started an animal loaning scheme. They also loan rice and cash to villagers at low interest rates. According to Naw A---, these schemes are beneficial for the villagers’ livelihoods and prosperity.
There are no job opportunities in Kawkareik Township so if refugees return from the refugee camps on the Thai-Burma/Myanmar border, they may face serious livelihood challenges. According to Naw A---, returnees who do not own land will face significant livelihood challenges.