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Dooplaya Interview: Naw A---, August 2017 (Interview November 28, 2017 / KHRG #17-98-A2-I1)

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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.