Programs and Activities

Campaigns and Lobbying

These include filing and follow up cases at the CHR and other government agencies, assisting members in filing cases in regular courts, and conduct publicity awareness campaign.

Mobile Photo Exhibit

This activity aims to bring together different schools in cooperation with student organizations, churches and/or other public places for broader advocacy. It reflects the situations of workers in communities and workplaces amidst globalization and militarization. The photo exhibit also includes dialogues between members of network and hosts/participants of exhibits.

Education and Training Sessions

Study sessions about globalization, militarization, labor, and rights of women workers.

Counseling sessions to help the members cope with their traumas

Skills trainings that help members acquire skills to support their struggles

Leadership Trainings

Support Services

Mobilizing individuals or gorup for the immediate support to members of network who are on strike, and generating materials and resources for Pen and Notebook Project for school children

Networking to individuals and organizations from other sectos that can help in the advocacy of the network.

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Coordination and Organization

Women Wise3 is open to widows and families of slain and forcibly disappeared labor leaders, and all women workers who are victims of repression and wanting to continue their struggle or share their experiences and reach out to a greater and broader number of women workers.

It is an evolving network being coordinated by the working group which consists of representatives from each area where the members are located. It has an appointed spokesperson, Luz Fortuna, the wife of slain Nestle Workers’ union president, Diosdado Fortuna.

The task of being coordinator is open to members who are willing to accept and do the corresponding responsibility. The duration of responsibility is agreed upon by the working group.

The Origin of Women Wise3

The origin of Women Wise3 dates back to 2004 from a series of meeting and periodic activities held by the Center for Trade Union and Human Rights to assist and give services to the families and victims of extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearance and other human rights violations. It was finally launched as a network in August 13, 2008 in a dialogue of families with the Commission on Human Rights.

The concept was formulated from series of meeting and periodic activities and campaigns coordinated by the Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) vis-a-vis issues of repression and injustice.

Since 2004, the CTUHR occasionally coordinates activities among victims. It gives assistance in filing complaints or cases in government agencies, conducts Fact Finding Missions (FFMs) and dialogues between victims and the authorities. Whilst they were helpful in bringing the issues out, the actual condition and situation of families so they can be continually assisted and involved in their quest for justice, while coping with their traumas were not given with sufficient weight. This was due to CTUHR’s lack of resources.

In the case of women workers who were abused or displaced in the exercises of their right to unionize, the CTUHR’s response was able inconsistent due to limited capacity. Often, after the picket lines were dispersed and the unions busted, the expression of their campaigns and struggles gradually lost, until the workers slowly leave their struggle and start looking for other jobs as economic needs and political pressure set in. CTUHR was not able to conduct regular follow-ups of cases primarily because of lack of manpower and  immediate issues that have to be addressed.

This experience was thoroughly assessed and subsequently came out with conclusion that it is time fro the families of victims and the victims themselves to actively participate, if not lead, in the struggle related to their issues. It is not only effective but is is more empowering as they take center stage in attaining justice through continuous and unrelenting struggle, with or without the presence of CTUHR.

In addition, their experience can also serve as lesson and inspiration on how to deal with obstacles in life with courage, and as they say it, with a smile on their faces.

The Women Wise3 was formally launched in a dialogue with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and a forum on August 13, 2008 at the University of the Philippines Diliman. It was also the day of commemorating a dark chapter in the history of workers’ struggle: the crackdown of 1982.

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