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CWEARC participates in the third quarter learning conversation

On September 15, 2022, CWEARC, Inc. participated in the Third Quarter Social Welfare and Development Learning Network (SWDL-Net) and Core Group of Specialists (CGS) Interface and Learning Conversation organized by SWDL-Net and CGS of DSWD CAR. Through this activity, CWEARC was pleased to share two of its advocacy publications to the networks.

SWDL-Net and CGS are learning networks providing relevant and accessible social welfare and development capacity building programs. The networks’ mission is to enhance the capacity of organizations, groups and individuals that are engaged in poverty alleviation and social protection.

Gender-based violence and laws for the protection of women and children

CWEARC is pleased to share to the public its latest IEC material entitled Ingay sa Katahimikan: gender-based violence and laws for the protection of women and children produced by the second batch of dedicated BA  Communication interns from the University of the Cordilleras (UC). This IEC project is a continuation of CWEARC’s partnership with the UC-College of Arts and Sciences.

 

Staff participate in the OIO PMERLA workshops

 

The Cordillera Women’s Education, Action Research Center (CWEARC Inc) and its partners participated in the series of Change-Oriented Project Cycle workshops (OIO Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting, Learning and Accountability) organized and facilitated by Facilitators of Learning for Change  – Consultancy Support Services (FLC-CSS)

 

 

Kicking off women’s month with women’s harvest, art, and artisanship

Cordillera Women’s Education, Action Research Center, (CWEARC) Inc. launched Paglilikha Art Exhibit and Binnadang Para Isnan Kataguan Trade Fair on March 8 in celebration of International Women’s Month. The two simultaneous activities that showcase Cordillera women’s harvest, art, and artisanship lasts for a month. The events are guided by the theme “Babbai Ti Kordilyera, Sumikad Para Iti Daga, Karbengan, Pangkabiagan Ken Salun-at (Women of the Cordillera rise for land, rights, livelihood and well-being).”

‘Binnadang’ through a trade fair

Binnadang Para Isnan Kataguan aims to provide a venue for indigenous women farmers and artisans from the different provinces to market their products since their livelihood have been struck hard by the pandemic. Products from the women farmers are incredibly the best-sellers at the trade fair. Among them are white beans grown by community women of Kalinga.  Another product that seemed to get sold out the fastest is the organic honey harvested from the forests of Abra.

Meanwhile, coffee beans grown and roasted by farmers in Kalinga are arguably an attention-grabber at the venue, thanks to its aroma and reasonable price. Aside from fresh produce products, wine made from fruits such as santol, ube, dragon fruit, orange, bugnay, pineapple, and rambutan from Apayao and Kalinga are also on display.

On the other hand, the non-consumable products at the fair are crafts from local women artisans. Colorful inabel woven by women weavers of Bontoc, Mt. Province are displayed along with bags, purses and vests sewn by weavers of Kabayan, Benguet. Some visitors and shoppers even pointed out that the bags are offering a great deal for its great quality. Integrating modern aesthetics, hand-crafted earrings made from thread and polymer clay, and recycled notebooks are also being sold at the fair.

Other available products are organic soap, citronella ointment, turmeric tea, rice wine, chili paste, and squash pancit canton.

Paglilikha, women’s stories

The Paglilikha Art Exhibit provided local artists to showcase (and sell) their artworks as they are among those adversely affected by the pandemic. The exhibit features a total of 40 artworks from 30 local artists who exhibited individual as well as community stories revolving around the Cordillera women’s struggle for land, rights, livelihood, and well-being. One artwork by artist Chris Tatoy entitled “The Echoes of Time” shows a painting of an elderly indigenous woman surrounded by figures of younger women in tapis. The artist shares: “The art depicts the bravery of Cordillera women in fighting not just for their right[s] but for the rights of the next generation. In protection of their livelihood, families (which they value the most) and the future of Cordillera.”

The works of local women artists Kelly Ramos, Brenda Subido-Dacpano, Luchie Maranan and Liza Ilagan are also displayed in the exhibit.

The trade fair and art exhibit are activities that can contribute in helping women farmers and artisans in communities, especially those in the interior villages, to get back on their feet even if their livelihoods remain affected by restrictions and lockdowns. The trade fair offers a better trading conditions as proceeds of the sales of the products will go directly to the consignors.  Some artisans have also committed a part of the sales of their products to support the urgent medical expenses of women human rights defender in the Cordillera.

Every purchase will be of great help to many women in communities in the Cordillera so make sure not to miss out on these local products while they are still available! The trade fair and art exhibit will continue to run until the end of March at the IP Center, CEPMO Bldg., Burnham Park.

Reminders to shoppers and visitors:

  1. Always wear your facemasks and face shields.
  2. Always maintain physical distancing.
  3. Refrain from touching the products. You may ask assistance from the staff members.
  4. Do not touch the artworks.
  5. Bring your own market bags

A Women’s Anthology of Songs, Poems, and Stories

Editor’s Note

It has been fifteen years since the publication of the first volume of KALI, Voice of Cordillera Women. The first anthology echoed the Cordillera women’s recollection of the early struggles and their tributes to the victories of the pioneers of the Cordillera people’s movement, such as the participation of women against the Chico Dam and Cellophil Resources projects, and the ensuing burning issues of the early 2000s. The corruption and tyranny of the regimes that manifested as development aggression and militarization in the region were denounced by women writers, visual artists and musicians and they found their voice in Kali.

Much has transpired in the women’s movement in the Cordillera through those years from which we draw valuable lessons and insights. This trove of experiences and challenges has been translated into individual writers’ reflections and leaps; and collective dedication of communities and women’s organizations to the continuing pursuit of the aspiration of the women’s movement. Because development aggression still rears its ugly head and tyranny has fiercer fangs that preys on women, defense is much bolder now.

Women organizers in the indigenous people’s movement, women who work as staff in development programs, women who are mothers and income earners in communities, students who carry out cultural work in schools, have crafted their literary pieces, songs, stories, visual images as mirrors of their daily lives and involvement in the struggle for a better, humane society. Their aspirations are for a Cordillera and a country that practice and enjoy the fruits of self-determination in aspects of politics, economy and culture. In this period under a regime that spites human rights and reeks of misogyny and disregards the value of life, how is rage expressed by women who are not only the life source but also nurturers of generations? In this period of utmost deprivation and wanton disregard for right to life and security, how is resistance expressed by women who dare not remain on the sidelines but also take crucial tasks in the front lines? Women draw strength and courage from the heroism and selflessness of foremothers and ancestors who were not superwomen, but were able to combat fear, limitations and real enemies. The power to create, to transform, to reflect and act, to leave and break from the shackles of tradition and social limitations is a weapon that women in the Cordillera are learning to protect and utilize. The beauty is in the realization that they are validated by their fellow women in these perilous times, and supported by men who have deep understanding and appreciation of the women’s struggle. It is time once again to share the voice of Cordillera women to wider communities of readers. The poems, songs, personal essays and illustrations in this anthology are testimonies that we shall prevail, we shall not be daunted to express our fears and aspiration until true change has come to our Motherland.