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.



In time for President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s SONA: Women call to C.O.M.B.A.T. Now!

Amid the incessant and massive military operations not only in Mindanao but also in several parts of the Philippines, we in the Center for Women’s Resources (CWR) call to C.O.M.B.A.T. Now! so as to resolve the worsening humanitarian crisis in the country. To enumerate:

C – conflict resolution through resumption of peace talks
For the nth time, peace talks between the government and the revolutionary forces come to a halt. As stakeholders, women take interest in the resumption of peace talks because this long-standing internal war aggravates their impoverished condition. As military operations go unabated in the countryside, peasant women and their families could not tend their farms and their children could not go to school. As the government puts large budget in defense...

Filipino women amid militarism: resisting, asserting

14 July 2017

In his upcoming second State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte needs to explain to the Filipino people, especially among Filipino women, the reason of using a militaristic approach in solving crimes and terrorism. The overflowing of blood of the Filipinos could hardly be acceptable especially to mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives. Women believe that peace and security can never be achieved with an unjust war. Such view has been consolidated by the Center for Women’s Resources (CWR), a research and training institution, in its publication “Women in Southeast Asia: Resisting Militarism, Asserting Sovereignty”.

CWR pronounces that war exists not just in Mindanao. It happens everywhere in the Philippines. It remains because a culture of...