WPHF is channeling flexible financing to build the capacity of local organizations in the Philippines working to build peace and respond to crises on the front lines.

Our Work

WPHF aims to collaborate with national, regional and international NGOs to enhance the institutional capacity of local women’s organizations in the Philippines to help sustain their critical work on WPS-HA across the country.

WPHF will support women’s organizations in the Philippines to on a range of critical capacity building — such as resource mobilization and proposal writing — to ensure the sustainability of their efforts and accelerate their impact on the ground.

Background

With its fast growing population of 96.7 million in 2012 to 109.6 million in 2020the Philippines, a nation made up of over 7,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean, is one of the most populous countries in Southeast Asia. However, a significant number of Filipinos — almost 10% of the country’s population — are migrant workers living overseas, from where they send massive remittances that significantly contribute to their home country’s economy.

Women in the Philippines face persistent challenges regarding the feminization of migration and the lack of bilateral agreements and memorandums of understanding between key countries and regions to which Filipino women migrate. As a result, women workers pursue employment opportunities through informal channels and are subsequently survivors of various forms of exploitation, violence, and trafficking.

Migration also further exacerbates issues around free trade, which negatively impact employment opportunities for women in rural and remote areas. On the one hand, unemployment rates and unequal wage gaps are prominent for women within the working sphere; on the other; female workers are often stigmatized and ineligible for social security and healthcare due to the overrepresentation of women in the informal economy.

Transitional justice is a critical component to strengthen the rule of law in a post-conflict setting and an integral element to peacebuilding, as it aims to redress for past human rights violations. Yet, women in the Philippines have limited access to justice in cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in conflict zones. In this scenario, it is imperative that women’s rights to justice is recognized as part of achieving and sustaining peace and ensuring accountability for crimes committed against women and girls in settings of conflict.

Our Vision

In the Philippines, WPHF aims to ensure the institutional financing and coordination of  civil society actors working as leaders in the fields of WPS-HA, addressing humanitarian needs in their communities and championing efforts to build sustainable peace across the country.