WeDpro is looking to hire a super-organized Executive Assistant with a bold and graceful spirit to help with WeDpro and Curiosity Design Research?‘s 5-month project to rehabilitate communities in Leyte that have been devastated by Yolanda. Our project is more than just about aid. We are committed to working from the ground-up on long-term sustainability, and on empowering women, children, and the most vulnerable sectors of society. If that sounds exciting to you, then we would love to hear from you!
You should get in touch with us if…
… you are the type of person willing to fly to a devastated community with only a couple of days’ notice
… you can work quickly and calmly under pressure
… you are as a good an initiator as you are a team-player
… you want to work with a team of people from WeDpro and Curiosity who will love and value your work
… you can commit to full-time paid work until the end of April 2014
… you understand that when working in a post-disaster setting, “full-time” is a bit more full-time than usual!
Your job entails…
… Drafting communications to various stakeholders, including local government officials, international funders, and external consultants contracted for the program
… Refining, assessing, and acting on the activities on a program level
… Performing operational and administrative duties consistent with the organization’s operations manual
… Representing the organization on the field (i.e., in the disaster areas)
… Assisting the program manager in strategic planning and daily operations
… Responding to the needs of the communities on the ground in ways that are consistent with the goals of the program’s rehabilitation and social innovation framework
You should have an undergraduate degree at a minimum. Prior experience with working with an NGO or in a post-disaster context is preferable but not necessary. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV (including references). Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Hey folks, WeDpro is organizing a cash and goods drop-off on Thursday, November 14th, at the WeDpro Inc. office in Quezon City near SM North. We’ll be collecting these and handing them off to the Philippine Red Cross. (Directions to the office here ).
Friends abroad who have Paypal accounts or who want to make a credit card donation, you can either send your donations directly to the Philippine Red Cross or send them to WeDpro (who can issue receipts to you) and we can send them to the Red Cross or Oxfam, depending on where the greatest need is:
In WeDpro, we take online security seriously. That was why when Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) invited WeDpro to take part in the Trainors’ Training on Secure Online Communications, we did not hesitate to send one of our volunteers. The training workshop provided the participants with information and tools on how to secure themselves and their organizations online. Participants were trained on how to protect themselves from ICT related threats. FMA and APC also shared their initiatives such as the Take Back the Tech Campaign and the mapping of ICT related violence.
Keep yourself updated! Download the WeDpro android application by clicking on the link [WeDpro App] or scanning the QR code directly from your phone.
WeDpro celebrates its 25th year in 2014. As we prepare for this celebration, WeDpro would like to thank the following donors who have collaborated and supported us through the years:
- Amnesty International-Pilipinas-Women Working Together to Stop Violence Against Women (AI-WWTSVAW)
- Asian Partnership for Human Development (APHD) / NASSA
- Association for Progressive Communication (APC) Women’s Networking Support Programme
- Bayanihan Worldwide Foundation
- Belgian Administration for Development Cooperation (BADC)
- CARITAS-Tides Foundation
- Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
- Citrus Productions, Philippines
- Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)
- Co-peraid, Switzerland
- Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP)
- DIWATA Foundation – CIDA
- Equality Now, New York
- European Union (EU)
- Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA)
- Futures Without Violence
- Human Rights Education Foundation (HREF)
- International Women’s Network Against Militarism
- International Women and Development Association (IWDA), Australia
- Legislative-Executive Bases Council (LEBC), Philippines
- Local Government of the City of Angeles
- Local Government of the City of Olongapo
- Mama Cash
- MEMISA Medicus Mundi
- One World Action (OWA) / Institute for Popular Democracy (IPD)
- Pearl S. Buck Foundation (PSBF)
- Philippine Commission on Women (PCW; formerly National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women or NCRFW)
- Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights)
- Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development
- Remedios AIDS Foundation, Philippines
- Senator Wigberto Tanada, Philippines
- Tides Foundation
- The Ford Foundation
- Theology Exchange Program, South Africa
- United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
- United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
- Urgent Action Fund for Women
- VDay / Equality Now (New York)
- Women for Genuine Security, U.S.A.
Commercial software such as Microsoft Windows, MS Office and Adobe CS often are considered as expensive outlays and are items that organizations, especially nonprofits, cannot really afford. However, with the help of Tech Soup Asia, nonprofits like WeDpro, can now purchase these type of software at discounted prices.
TechSoup Asia is a collaborative venture between TechSoup Global and its Partner Network that delivers technology and other capacity development resources to civil society organizations in the Asia Pacific region. For more information, please visit www.techsoup.asia.
We are excited to announce that Maricelly Malave from the University of Peace in Costa Rica has completed her Master’s thesis on programs provided for survivors of sex trafficking and forced prostitution in the red light districts of Angeles and Olongapo City. Maricelly’s reserach was informed by her time as an intern at WeDpro, during which she made valuable contributions to our work with our communities in Angeles and Olongapo.
You can download the thesis here. Here’s the abstract from her published thesis:
The sex industry in Asia generates massive sums of money and for many people it is a source of income that can keep them from enduring unemployment and poverty. Having an economy supplemented heavily by sex tourism and the sex industry leads to many different social issues. The sex industry is a means of employment to thousands of men, women, and children in the Philippines alone. Once in the sex industry, for whatever reason, people may feel pressured to remain in the industry due to societal pressures or lack of employability from lack of education or vocational/technical skills. This study examines what programs are provided for survivors of sex trafficking and forced prostitution in the red light districts of Angeles and Olongapo City. Research was done to identify the most urgent needs of the community in the red light district, what the community would like programs and services to focus on, and the current obstacles to meeting these needs. A suggested curriculum was made from this collected data based on Peace Education pedagogies and the most immediate unmet needs in the community.
Congratulations, Maricelly, and we look forward to seeing more of your work contributing towards global peace and development!
WeDpro Managing Director, Aida Santos, talks about the struggle Filipinos fathered, then abandoned, by US soldiers, in the December 31, 2012 issue of the Guardian. “We are hoping there will be a discussion even just to open the issue,” says Aida Santos, managing director of Wedpro, the NGO that has helped the Amerasians form an advocacy group, United Philippine Amerasians. She said: “There are more Amerasians than the eye can see. They need shelter, education, training, jobs.” Read the full article on The Guardian online.
Futures Without Violence, a non-profit organization that works to prevent and end violence against women and children around the world, made WeDpro a 16 Days of Activism Honouree in November, 2011. We’re happy to announce that WeDpro’s partner organizations, Buklod and NAGKA, recently received a $700 award from Futures Without Violence based on donations received from attendees at the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence held in March, 2012. Buklod and NAGKA were featured at the conference along with other 16 Days of Activism honorees, viewed by over 1000 participants, and the donations were divided among designated honoree organizations. “This is a small token of appreciation for their amazing work at the crossroads of health care and gender-based violence,” writes Leni Marin, Senior Vice President of Futures Without Violence. “Futures Without Violence is very fortunate to be connected with you and your efforts.”
Futures Without Violence publishes materials that address violence against women and health. Here are a few of them.
Information Cards for Women
Materials for advocates/activists/healthcare and public health professionals
(Amidst the sounds of fury over the Southeast Asian Sea)
Stop the War Coalition Philippines
6 June 2012 World Peace Bell,
Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City, Philippines
The contending states claiming territorial jurisdiction over sections of the ‘Southeast Asian Sea’ are only heightening regional tensions to a frightening degree. In particular, the contentious row between the Philippines and China is being amplified by certain quarters to a near-conflict level for seemingly nationalistic, but in fact chauvinistic reasons. And as the almost daily sounds of fury raise the stakes for the region’s masses of humanity, many more sober voices of concern must now come out to be heard and not be silenced by the saber-rattling of a deluded few.
Southeast Asia’s regional security environment faces a clear and present danger. The Manila-Beijing standoff emanating from their rival claims to the Southeast Asian Sea must urgently be turned around and be resolved through a process of open diplomacy between the two nations. Both sides need to do so swiftly in order to avert a possible scenario of military confrontation affecting the wider Asia-Pacific region. If this happens, it would only cause a massive blow to the Philippines—its peoples, the economy and society at large.
Undoubtedly, today’s international situation is highly fluid and volatile. The global capitalist system remains dominated by an elite few and its economic and political control over the world’s social majority is primarily upheld by a corporate-driven and profit-oriented neoliberal paradigm. But ever since last year’s worldwide mass upsurges of the global poor, the 99% was able to directly challenge the exploitative and oppressive rule of the 1% across many regions of the world. Yet still, the world continues to dangerously swing from one economic crisis to another, from one toppled regime to the next, and from one war of aggression to yet one more.
And here in the Philippines, the PNoy regime is now seemingly driving our country into a potential state of war with China. Malacañang’s over-reactive pro-US imperialist foreign policy stance is needlessly provoking Beijing into taking a more belligerent attitude towards Manila. Instead of initiating and pursuing a long-range strategic foreign policy thrust premised on the universally acknowledged internationalist principles of sovereign independence, humanist solidarity, people-centered development and progressive self-determination, the PNoy regime is merely maintaining a century-old dependency track in managing our external relations.
At the same time, China must also be firmly admonished for its increasing militarization and power-bullying of other regional claimants in the Southeast Asian Sea. Beijing must realize that the only long-term comprehensive resolution to the regional crisis is through a regionalized multilateral approach which does not have to involve the world’s chief imperialist power, the United States. If China adheres to regional cooperation, it can reap more respect and friendly allies from around its neighborhood without having to impose its powerful might to justify its ends.
In the meantime, the United States is now re-positioning and enhancing its forward power-projection capabilities around the broader Asian region with its aggressive foreign policy framework of an ‘Asian Pivot’. This explains why Washington continues to remain actively involved within the ASEAN Regional Forum’s (ARF) political-security dialogue process, which also includes China and all the ASEAN member-states. Yet given this context, a parallel regional dialogue mechanism which only involves the ASEAN, China, plus other interested and concerned Asian states, can already be initiated and set up to specifically concentrate on resolving the Southeast Asian Sea dilemma without Washington’s undue influence, as is the case with the ARF approach.
Nevertheless, the collective voices and actions of the many all around the world have already been able to progressively change and radically alter the course of the early 21st century. The masses in many parts of the world, such as in Latin America and the Middle East, are now marching toward a more consciously self-determined history to further liberate humanity from imposed wars of aggression and systemic misery. It is this same fundamental spirit that should greatly guide all the peoples living within and around the Southeast Asian region, including its large neighbor China, to always and consistently strive for genuine peace and freedom for the larger regional community of states and societies. This we must do if we all are to principally advance and eventually establish our common vision of a regionalist community within a truly internationalist world order.
Therefore, it is for this principled reason that we are all gathered today to stand together as one united voice concerned for our region’s peace and progress. We are now collectively and loudly voicing out our immediate and urgent concerns about the presently tense and unstable regional security situation and for it to be directly resolved through a transparent mode of diplomacy. To reiterate, we do not want any open military confrontation to break out between China and the Philippines in relation to the Southeast Asian Sea problem. And we certainly do not want the US to intervene in any way because its priority strategic agenda will never be in favor of Manila or the Asian region as a whole, but always in line with Washington’s global hegemonic schemes for world capitalist domination. We also believe that the claims to the contested Southeast Asian Sea can be equitably resolved through open diplomacies of all governments concerned, under the framework of regional cooperation and sharing, than through gunboat diplomacy or open war, where only the powerful nations stand to gain.
Finally, as we all add our voices of concern to this regional problem, we must remain open-minded and critically discerning of the constantly changing conditions that led us to this situation in the first place. We must always pursue a collective regional approach that fosters peace and cooperation. We must not allow ourselves to be used as a ‘provocation agent-state’ for or against another neighboring state, lest we really aim to ignite a broad Asia-Pacific war with horrendous consequences.
Thus, we raise our voices today to say that this is what we shall never allow to happen. Standing united as a broad progressive front, we shall exert all possible efforts to oppose and stop any future conflict or war from breaking out as a result of misplaced national-chauvinist reactions from both sides to this impasse. We must not wait for tomorrow to pass. Let us all act today to block the road to a potential regional war fanned by heated passions over rocks and shoals. Let us now mobilize and support all moves for transparent diplomacy in combination with mass pressure from below and across the region. ###
Stop the War Coalition Philippines
Action and Solidarity for the Empowerment of Teachers ASSERT
Alliance of Progressive Labor
Association of Women for Agrarian Reform Devt. And Empowerment AWARDEE
Kilusan Para sa Pambansang Demokrasya
Mindanao Tri-People Women Resource Center, Inc. MTWRC
Pagkakaisa ng Kababaihan para sa Kalayaan KAISAKA
Partido Lakas ng Masa
Peace Women Partners
Philippine Women Network for Peace and Security
SCRAP VFA Movement
Women’s Education, Devt., Productivity & Research Organization,Inc. WEDPRO
Young Moro Professionals Network
Youth for Nationalism and Democracy