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Helping Crisis Women and Girls Inside Burma

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Providing a safe house and counselling for women and girls in crisis in Manipur and inside Burma.
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availableTotal number of shares: 21
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Kuki women and girls in the Indian-Burmese border area face sexual and domestic violence and have nowhere to go for help. With this project, KWHRO will open a safe house for women who are victims of violence. These women will have access to counselling as well as medical care and food if needed. When these women have a safe place to stay, they will gain confidence and ultimately be able to become more active in fighting for their rights.

You can help by contributing to the costs of running the safe house (rent, utilities, supplies) for 5 months (August to December 2011) and providing counselling and medical treatment for female victims of violence.

Additional Information

Name of Organization Kuki Women Human Rights Organization
About the Organisation

Kuki Women’s Human Rights was founded on January 1, 2000 in Moreh in the Manipur border area by more than 7 members. The organization supports democracy, human rights, women’s rights, and community empowerment. It provides a small amount of money to widows and very poor families in our community, and also provides shelter and medical treatment to women facing violence. KWHRO also has peace members who work inside Burma, giving training in peace, human rights, and violence against women issues, as well as traditional language inside Burma. It is working to solve the problem of violence with local community leaders and local people. The organization and what it does is well known in the community, which appreciates its work. KWHRO now has many members in the organization and is currently giving tailoring training to women in the community.

Total Costs INR 27,500 (approx. CZK 10,500)
Amount for sponsorship CZK 10,500
Total Number of Shares 21
Location Moreh, Manipur
Timeframe August - December 2011
Progress Update
  • July/August: Preparations were undertaken for the opening of a safe house for women in crisis in Moreh, Manipur state, and a location for the house was found and rented. KWHRO also provided assistance and counselling to women in difficulty in the border area, and ran its women discussion exchange program. The safe house was officially opened on August 1st; the first woman was brought in to stay on August 3rd and a second was admitted 10 days later.
  • September: Two cases were brought to the attention of KWHRO and were allowed to stay at the safe house. Both women received counselling and financial assistance, in addition to accommodation at the safe house, and were very grateful. KWHRO is also helping the women to find jobs in Moreh.

Outputs

In July, preparations were undertaken for the opening of a safe house for women in crisis in Moreh, Manipur state, and a location for the house was found and rented. KWHRO also provided assistance and counselling to women in difficulty in the border area, and ran its women discussion exchange program. The safe house was officially opened on August 1st; the first woman was brought in to stay on August 3rd and a second was admitted 10 days later. Two cases were brought to the attention of KWHRO in September and were allowed to stay at the safe house. Both women received counselling and financial assistance, in addition to accommodation at the safe house.

An additional 3 women in October, 4 women in November, and 3 women in December received help from the safe house for a total of 15 women and girls in five months. When the cases were reported to KWHRO, the organization called a meeting with the victim and later called the other party (it may be husband or parents) to learn about the problems. After we heard the problems, we encouraged the victims and give counseling. At the same time we negotiated with both sides and came to an agreement signed by both persons involved. After we solved the problems, they happily went back to their homes. In most cases, the women and girls did not have any place to go when domestic violence cases happened in their families.

Words from the Microgrant Recipient

“We believed that KWHRO safe house project meets our goals. The Kuki Women and girls from inside Burma become very encouraged during the discussion time and counseling time. They openly described what are their problems and decided to report us so that we become more friendly and these women and girls are ready to help to develop the status of the Kuki women from Burma. KWHRO would like to run the safe house in the near future and also, we are planning to do fund raising to continue our project. If BCP still want to support on this project, we are ready to run too. Thank you so much BCP and you are working the best for Burmese people.”

Photos

1. Opening of the safe house.

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2. Counselling session.

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3. Women’s discussion exchange.

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