Buklod is a non-stock, non-profit, women’s organization that seeks to raise the consciousness of and promote solidarity among urban poor and bar women in Olongapo City and Subic Zambales. As the concerns of women cannot be addressed without addressing their children, Buklod also seeks the welfare of their children particularly amer-asian.
Buklod dreams of one nation with justice and free from exploitation, violation and discrimination against women within the aspects of economy, politics, culture and gender. This dream will be happen if we unite the different sectors who are victims of exploitation and discrimination and also the support of individuals and organizations that promote the interest of women and children.
Buklod is one organization that works to change the situation of women, particularly women in prostitution. We can do this through education, like conducting seminars and trainings, to empower women within their situations, and to implement the different programs and advocacies in the interest of women.
Buklod’s objective is to advocate for the interests of women, particularly those who are in the prostitution industry.
Buklod ng Kababaihan was established in 1987 as a drop-in center for women in prostitution outside of the U.S. Naval Base Subic, Olongapo. It was funded through the joint effort of the core group of women from the clubs, Gabriela Commission on Violence Against Women, Mennonite Central Committee and the Division of Family Ministries of the national Council of Churches in the Philippines.
Since the withdrawal of the U.S. Navy in November 1992 and the resulting decline of the entertainment industry, Buklod focuses on empowering women and children who were victims of prostitution and trafficking. Buklod believes that prostitution is a violation of women’s human rights, and therefore a Human Right violation.
Buklod is a Filipino word meaning a bond which brings people together. Buklod believes that prostitution is one form of violence against women’s human rights. “Ikaw ang Babaeng May Karapatan” (You are a Women with Rights). It is a non-stock, non-profit, women’s organization that seeks to raise the consciousness of and promote solidarity among urban poor, the street and bar women of Olongapo City and Subic Zambales. Buklod also seeks the welfare of the women’s children, particularly the Amerasian.
Buklod’s main programs are organizing, education (formal and informal), livelihood and advocacy networking. In 2001 Buklod Center become a People’s Organization. Currently, women from the bars, clubs and survivors are running the organization.