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FFW Women's Network


 

Brief History

The onset of the 1960s marked the recognition by the FFW of the need to include women in its ranks. Hence, the creation of the FFW Women's Council composed of active women trade union members who, in 1972, spearheaded the formation of the National Council for Women Affairs.

In 1985, the two-week Conference on the "Promotion of Filipino Women and Women Workers" which brought together women trade union members from all over the country resulted with the women's organization, Samahan ng mga Kababaihang Manggagawa ng Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao (SAMAKA-LUZVIMINDA).

That same year, the women's group of FFW was ably represented at the WCL Symposium on the "Condition of Women Workers."

In 1986, a conference brought together a number of active women leaders who initiated the passing of a resolution to revitalize and strengthen the women's group. This spurred succeeding symposia and consultation meetings to intensify the mobilization and consolidation of women workers.

Three years later, an Ad Hoc Women's Council was organized with seven committees: Organization, Education, Research and Publication, Political Affairs, Social Welfare, Sports and Culture, and Finance.

March 1994 proved momentous as the realization of the FFW Women Conference pooled the various women's groups into a national organization called the FFW Women's Network (FWN).


 

Seven years and still counting - The FFW Women's Network (FWN) remains committed in its vision to fully integrate women workers and community women into the mainstream of development processes and realize their eventual active and equal participation with men in leadership and policy and decision-making processes within and outside trade unions.

To date, the Network has culminated the implementation of its 1998-2000 FWN-CNV Capability-Building and Enhancement Programme for Women Empowerment that served as an essential follow-through and support training programme for the beneficiaries of the concluded 1995-1997 FFW-CNV-DGIS Women Education Programme and Women Organizations' Institution-Building Support Structures.

The adequate support of its funding partner, the CNV-Actie Kom Over (CNV-AKO), on the said Programme's empowerment through education and training component has intensified the Network's initiatives on the following thrusts: gender equality consciousness and socio-economic awareness, opportunities/initiatives for socio-economic empowerment and advocacy and networking with GOs, NGOs and like-minded organizations.

 

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