On March 9, 2019, Women WISE3 held a Livelihood Skills Sharing Workshop with women workers of NAMASUFA-NAFLU-KMU at their protest camp in Liwasang Bonifacio (Manila). These workers have been on strike against multinational banana plantation Sumifru since October 2018.
The women unionists learned how to make detergent powder, fabric conditioner and dishwashing soap. These skills could hopefully help their families, somehow, as they continue their struggle for their rights.
Last December 20, 2009, Women Wise3 launched its first ever K2K – a psychosocial counseling session for the victims and families of victims of human rights violations. The participants were divided into two groups for counseling: the first consists of families of victims of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearance while the second was composed of victims of various harassment and violence inside the workplace. Some of the participants were Luz Fortuna and Noralyn Cristobal, wives of assassinated trade union leaders Diosdado Fortuna and Gerardo Cristobal; Marissa Concepcion, wife of the disappeared Rogelio Concepcion and; the newly-freed Karnation 20 add link and their respective families. The facilitators of the counseling were Ms. Carolina Dionco of the Institute for Formation and Religious Studies (IFRS) for the families of victims and Dr. Edwin Decenteceo of the Department of Psychology, UP Diliman for the group of the Karnation 20 and other direct victims of violations.
The participants of K2K remarked on the relief it gave them after the counseling. It helped unburden the victims of bad memories and traumas. Marissa and Chin both widows of victims of killings said they finally mustered the strength to share their feelings and experience with other people. It allowed them look at their current situation with strength and optimism in the struggle for justice for their lost loved ones.
As part of our first anniversary celebration in August 2009, Women Wise3 held a forum On Legal Offensives— a discussion on the heightened attack on workers and trade union rights defenders by criminalization or filing trumped-up charges against workers and trade unionists. Held at the Episcopal Church of the Philippines, speakers Anakpawis Representative Joel Maglunsod, Atty. Remigio Saladero of Pro-Labor Legal Assistance Center (PLACE) and Prof. Max Quijano of St. Benilde College, talked of the many facets of legal offensives as part of the governments crackdown on the left and how it malignly targets legal organizations and violates basic human rights. The audience was comprised of workers from different unions and workplaces and labor advocates from various sectors.
Atty. Remigio Saladero, Rep. Joel Maglunsod, Prof. Max Quijano