a Decade of Struggle
PWC was conceptualized
in 1986 by a group of Filipino Canadian women, including domestic
workers, connected with the BC Committee for Human Rights in the
was organizing in the Vancouver area to gain a deeper understanding
of the Filipino community, particularly about the situation of
the increasing number of Filipino domestic workers whose presence
in Canada they saw as an urgent human rights issue.
that the migration of Filipino domestic workers in Canada has
roots in the political and economic crisis in the Philippines.
recognized the need to study, organize, and act on the issue and
deepen the understanding of women's struggles in the Philippines,
Canada, and the world. Through the efforts of six Filipino women,
the PWC was formally launched in February 1990.
PWC aims to
empower Filipino women to understand the roots of their challenges
as migrants, immigrants, women of colour and low-income earners,
and to collectively assert their struggle for their rights and