March 2017

The toiling Filipino women anticipated a qualitative change when the new administration of Rodrigo Roa Duterte came into power in May 2016, replacing the callous, incompetent, corrupt, and elitist government of Pres. Benigno Simeon Aquino III. Thus, women have forwarded an agenda last July 2016 to the new president, encompassing political, socio-economic, and cultural aspects that they deemed necessary to uplift them from poverty and subjugation.

Initially, the new government gave pro-people pronouncements such as ending contractualization, granting free education...

29 November 2016

On the occasion of International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, the Center for Women’s Resources releases its new publication “Women in Southeast Asia: Resisting Militarism, Asserting Sovereignty”.

“Together with the people’s movements around the world, women are building movements and organizations to fight imperialism and neoliberalism that aim to control the world’s resources. Southeast Asian women, comprising half of the poor and struggling peoples who have been deprived of food, resources, and rights, need to have a collective call for action.



President Duterte’s Rape Joke: A Go-signal to Sex Abusers among Troops –CWR

29 May 2017

We, the members of the Center for Women’s Resources (CWR), a 35-year research and training institution for women, express our concern on the recent rape joke made by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in relation to the Marawi siege at the moment.

The rape joke reinforces the culture of impunity of soldiers who are sex offenders. We have counted 178 cases of sexual abuses committed by government soldiers and police from 2010 to 2015 where not a single perpetrator had been convicted. Making the issue of rape in jest adds anxiety to the Marawi women and their families who are already suffering due to massive military operation in their community.

Rape and other sexual abuses are used as a tool of war. These heinous acts are used as a form of...

Women’s Call for the Labor Day: COUNT US IN! -CWR

1 May 2017

“Count us in!” Such is the call of the Center for Women’s Resources (CWR), a research and training institution for women established in 1982, in time for the Labor Day. CWR promotes such call since only 50.1 percent of Filipino women in the working age population are part of the labor force. CWR believes that with such status, the road to empowerment remains a far-fetched goal.

“Women need to be involved in production work and political activity to improve their skills and status. With only half of the working age population of 32.5 million are counted in the labor force, women’s empowerment remains an unreachable goal,” says CWR executive director Jojo Guan.

Guan further stresses that 5.4 million Filipino women cannot find decent and regular jobs,...