Rosie with the head of KNWO during KNWO’s Against Gender Based Violence Campaign
Rosie with the head of KNWO during KNWO’s Against Gender Based Violence Campaign

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your history?


A: I joined SDC School in 2004. After that in 2005, I served for my community in the Karenni Refugee Camp Committee for 6 months. Next, I interned for 6 months at Karenni National Women’s Organisation (KNWO).  I have now been working at KNWO for 10 years. For the first 4 years, I was working as a staff member. I was then promoted to the position of treasurer for 2 years and then for the last 4 years as coordinator.


Q: What effect has SDC had on your life?


A: I have benefited from my experience at SDC by improving my knowledge and becoming more confident to speak than before I studied there. After attending SDC, the knowledge that I received from this school makes my work more effective. My study was especially helpful in preparing me for a leadership role. Due to this study, I am able to implement my activities, successfully and with confidence.


Q: Since completing SDC school, what have you done?


A: I have tried to share the knowledge and experience I have learned from this school with predominantly women and the youth as much as I can. I have participated in the social services to do this. Also for the women’s role, I try to organise for women’s programs and education for women. Additionally, I have made photographic and video documentation.


I have seen the effects of this work. Especially regarding women’s rights, women are regaining their rights and are able to participate more and more in society.


Q: What does your community need for the future and what do you want to say to SDC for the future?


A: For our community in the future, people need to the knowledge of human rights, women’s rights, leadership skills, management skills and legal knowledge. They also need political knowledge.


I would like to encourage SDC to not only provide students in the classroom. I wish them and their students to share the knowledge in the wider community. For example, in the middle and high school, one or two times per year. The students should make a meeting and workshop in our community. If they can do this, our community will get more knowledge and will improve.