Catholic Women's League Philippines, Inc.

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Template:Infobox Organization Catholic Women's League Philippines, Inc. (CWL) is a Philippine charitable, religious, socio-economic, civic, non-partisan, non-profit, and non-government organization which Catholic women can find a means of growth in faith and have the opportunity for organized work and concerted effort in the exercise of their vocation and apostolate.


The organization started under the name of Federacion Catolica de Muejeres en Filipinas when Msgr. Michael O'Doherty, then Archbishop of Manila, gathered a few influential Catholic ladies in 1919. It was only limited to Manila proper but was later expanded to neighboring provinces and towns until it became national in scope.

The first President of the federation was Annie Macleod Kingcome (later became Mrs. Reid) and their first headquarters was a huge 2-story building lent by Msgr. O'Doherty, in M.H. Del Pilar, Ermita, Manila.

In March 1928, the name of the organization was changed into Catholic Women's League of the Philippines and a new constitution was adopted. Branches and sections of the league were also formed, organizing the Junior CWL.

It was in 1930 that CWL became an affiliate of the International Union of Catholic Women's Leagues (now World Union of Catholic Women's Organization or WUCWO).


In the Philippines, CWL has been involved in number of activities that range from childhood education to livelihood projects, family life seminars and other faith-based community activities.

It is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission with approved Constitution and By-Laws and has 250,000 membership nationwide. Membership is available to all Catholic women who are 26 years old and above and has good moral standing in the community.


CWL has obliged itself to educate and encourage Catholic women to play a role in the work of the Church on the parish, diocesan, national and international levels. It has been very active in promoting the presence, participation and co-responsibility of Catholic women in the society and the Church, to fulfill their evangelization and work for human development.

Areas of Concern

CWL focuses on four areas of concern - Family, Women, Youth, and Environment.

Programs and Projects

To meet the organization's goals, livelihood training programs, TESDA on non-formal skills training and organization of cooperatives are being implemented and intensified. Networking, advocacy on women's activities, seminars and programs on human sexuality, Natural Family Planning, and responsible parenthood are also being conducted.

Activities which heightens the awareness and environmental concerns in Youth, additionally, are initiated.

The organization, moreover, stresses the importance of the intensification of the spirituality of the members through the introduction of the Liturgy of the Hours, Lectio Divina, daily participation in the Eucharistic celebration, and the translation of faith into service.


  • Gaviola, Josephine S. The Catholic Women's League. 100 Centennial Celebration - Feminist Movement in the Philippines 1905- 2005. Quezon City: Vibal Publishing House, Inc., 2005.
  • Directory of Non-Government Organizations Working on Women. Publication of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women; Copyright 2007.



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