Batis Center for Women
|Head:||Andrea Luisa C. Anolin|
|Address:||301 UCCP Bldg., 877 EDSA, 1104 Quezon City, Philippines|
|Tel. No.:||(632) 925-3822|
|Fax No.:||(632) 925-7843|
Batis Center for Women (BATIS) is a Philippine non-government institution which provides the needs of distressed overseas Filipina workers.
BATIS was founded in November 1988, as a result of networking between some staff of the division of family ministries of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and the House of Emergency of Love and Peace (HELP). It aims to make women overseas workers aware of their rights and responsibilities through publication of relevant materials, launching of education courses, training, seminars and symposia.
Among the institution's missions are:
- To help return distressed Filipino migrant women, their children, and other members of their families to the Philippines by providing direct services and enable them to restore their self-worth and dignity;
- To assist exploited migrant women in the legal process to secure their human rights;
- To help them decide on their own to become self-reliant by promoting and supporting their rights and initiatives;
- To fight gender oppression, trafficking, violence against migrant women and other forms of human rights violation;
- To influence and pressure government to enact and implement (existing) laws and policies protecting the rights of migrant women and their children;
- To create equality and justice for women, migrants and children; and
- To tie up with organizations and build strong movement of migrants, women and children.
Current Programs and Projects
To carry out the missions of the organization, the following projects and programs are created:
1. Women Empowerment Program (WEP)
- Gives seminars, workshops, and exposure activities that will raise the level of awareness of women migrant returnees on the issues of migration, human rights, gender and empowerment;
- Facilitates the development of social enterprises for the women returnees' economic empowerment through micro-enterprise development;
- Conducts leadership trainings, organizational development and management seminars to strengthen the organization of women and build their individual and collective capability;
- Conducts advocacy at the local and international levels utilizing the creative arts such as theater and music.
2. Children and Youth Development Program (CYDP)
- Organizes children of women migrant returnees especially abandoned Japanese-Filipino Children;
- Promotes development of human rights, self-awareness, self-confidence and sense of responsibility of children and youth through workshops on migration and other socioeconomic-cultural issues both in the Philippines and Japan, theater workshops, summer camp, exposure tour, sports festival, youth meetings, scholarship and educational assistance;
- Enhances the moral, mental, physical and intellectual well-being of the children and youth;
- Unites the children and youth to provide each other support through Batis-YOGHI (Youth Organization Gives Hope and Inspiration).
3. Social Case Management Program (SCM)
- Handles family (Filipino mothers and Japanese Filipino Children) abandonment and labor cases of Filipino women migrant workers returning from Japan and victims of trafficking, domestic violence, and other forms of violence against migrant women;
- Assists in the processing of paternal recognition or acknowledgement and child support of Japanese- Filipino Children (JFC) abandoned by their Japanese fathers;
- Works in cooperation with Japanese organizations in handling of cases;
- Provides direct welfare services including legal and paralegal assistance, airport assistance, counseling, medical assistance for the mentally distressed, and other psycho-social interventions;
- Assists Filipino migrant women returnees from Germany through a reintegration program that includes the planning and establishment of business opportunities for women returnees;
- Undertakes continuous studies and trainings related to Japanese family and labor laws, and Philippine laws on women and children.
4. Information, Education and Research Program (IERP)
- Raises the level of public awareness on the issues of migration, human rights, gender and empowerment particularly concerning women and their children;
- Utilizes creative arts such as theater and music in information dissemination;
- Publishes a bi-annual newsletter and other information and advocacy materials;
- Engages in further study and training on issues of migration, human rights, gender and empowerment.
- Directory of Non-Government Organizations Working on Women. Publication of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women; Copyright 2007.