Amidst the howls of protest and lamentations of mothers, wives and sisters during the Marcos dictatorship, there sprang in 1982 an institution that would take part in empowering women: the Center for Women's Resources (CWR).
While other women institutions provided counseling legal and health services to individual women, CWR provides the badly needed education and skills training as well as data on women.
The Center for Women's Resources, through its researches and trainings plays an important role in promoting women's full participation for genuine social transformation.
It helps in building women's organizations such as Samahan ng Maralitang Kababaihang Nagkakaisa (SAMAKANA), a national organization of urban poor women and GABRIELA, now the political center of the militant women's movement in the Philippines.
Enduring the Challenge
One of the pioneering institutions for women, CWR aims to empower grassroots women through awareness-raising and supporting their efforts in improving their situation through structural change. Its mission includes:
- promoting the full participation of Filipino women in the genuine development of the Philippines society;
- responding to specific needs of women from different sectors, particularly the grassroots women by working with institutions, community and voluntary groups concerned with programs for people's development;
- popularizing knowledge on women and development through research and publications in order to effect change in the consciousness of the larger public; and
- promoting growth and consolidation of regional women centers and sectoral women organizations.
At present, CWR maintains regular linkage with a network of five national grassroots women organizations and 17 regional women centers.
The CENTER FOR WOMEN'S RESOURCES (CWR) is a non-stock, non-profit, non-governmental women's service institution that provides research, education and training advocacy and publications, library and data banking service for and about women.
ADDRESS & CONTACT NUMBERS:
127-B Scout Fuentebella Street, Barangay Sacred Heart, Quezon City, 1103 Philippines
Telefax (632) 920-1373 / 411-2796