Buklod Center & Nagkakaisang Kababaihan (NAGKA), Philippines
November 28, 2011
These sister organizations have provided assistance to victims and survivors of military sexual exploitation and trafficking in the “red light” districts of Olongapo City and Angeles City. There, they initiated health services, legal assistance, and economic opportunities for vulnerable women, youth, and urban poor. Established in 1987 and 1992 respectively, Buklod and NAGKA have become the “go to” organizations for women and youth experiencing sexual violence in bars operating around former U.S. naval and military installations in the two cities.
Buklod set up a health clinic that addressed reproductive and sexual health and has provided education to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. NAGKA trained members to become HIV/AIDS peer educators and opened a store with a business partner to promote access to contraceptives. In collaboration with other NGOs, both Buklod and NAGKA trained health workers to address basic health and safety needs.