Buhay Foundation for Women and the Girl Child
|Type:||NGO working on Crime|
|Address:||863 Blumentritt Street corner Espana Blvd.
Sampaloc, Manila City, Metro Manila
P.O. Box 190. 1099, Manila , Philippines
|Region:||Southern and Eastern Asia|
Other:'Human Rights, Women Empowerment'
||The Buhay Foundation for Women and the Girl Child has an active advocacy work for the human rights protection of migrants and trafficked persons.
Our vision is a sovereign, self-determining society where people participate in decision making, is gender fair and child sensitive.
Our mission is to be a women-led organization that provides a focal point and stimulus for the social, political and economic empowerment of women and the advocacy and defense of the human rights and full development of the Filipino people particularly women and the girl children. In order to promote women?s human rights, we aim to examine and address socio-political economic realities from the perspectives of women?s life experiences, and contribute towards socio cultural transformation processes leading to a positive environment for the recognition, protection and realization of the rights of Filipino women and the girl child nationally and internationally.
Our specific goals and objectives are to advocate for the human rights of Filipino migrants, trafficked persons, domestic workers, WW II Filipino "comfort women" survivors of Japanese military sexual slavery, women affected by HIV ?Aids, women with disabilities, women in situations of risk and violence, and women who face stigma and discrimination in whatever occupation they find themselves in. We aim to undertake programs to empower Filipino women and the girl child and to transform their situation of vulnerability.
Among its strategies and program priorities are to:
1.Take a gender and rights based approach to addressing the concerns of women migrant workers and trafficked persons and in ensuring their rights are respected.
2.Promote the incorporation of human rights standards including those outlined in international human rights instruments and treaties such as the Palermo protocol on trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling (supplementary to the UN Convention on Transnational Organized Crime), CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women), the UN Convention on Migrant Workers and their Families, the international humanitarian law, among others.
3.Promote the empowerment and self ?organization of women such as the ex-comfort women, trafficked persons, the migrant women workers; strengthen their capacities; and ensure their voices in policy making processes that advocate for justice and changes in their social and working environments, and allow them to claim for their rights and benefits.
4.Promote policy dialogue, advocacy and sharing of good practices as well as critique of practices that promote harm to affected sectors of women and girl children
5.Raise awareness of communities of the human rights issues and change of perceptions from victims to empowered agents of change, self-determination and transformation, and facilitate capacity building as well as nurturing of self-esteem.