The Cordillera Women’s Education Action, Research Center (CWEARC) is a grassroots-oriented, not-for-profit and non-government organization providing support to various Cordillera women’s formations through capacity building, evidence-based advocacy, direct social and economic services.
The Cordillera Women’s Education and Resource Center (CWERC) was established on March 8, 1987 by indigenous peasant women, urban poor, workers, youth, professionals, and women from religious institutions in the Cordillera region.
It first started out with the aim of undertaking education and organizing work around gender issue as a process of empowering women, particularly indigenous women. Special projects were also carried out such as Women’s Crisis Center, Day Care Services, library of women’s resources and specialized programs on Women’s Reproductive Program, Women’s Human Rights and Services for Women Migrants. Valuable lessons from these specialized programs made CWERC to re-design its programs to be more integrated and within the pace that the Cordillera women’s movement can sustain.
On July 26, 2005, CWERC transformed into Cordillera Women’s Education Action Research Center (CWEARC) for a more focused function of providing support to various Cordillera women’s formations particularly indigenous women in pursuit for land, food and rights, particularly around the theme of food sovereignty.