The Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DSWP) was founded in 1987 as a socialist feminist organization. DSWP considers all issues as women’s concerns and women’s issues as social concerns.
DSWP recognizes the importance of addressing both women’s practical and strategic needs. It thus implements programs and projects to respond to these.
A national federation of over 257 accredited grassroots community, and sector-based women’s organizations. The federation’s membership, numbering to around 40,000 individuals, is drawn from the marginalized sectors in Philippine society, namely: peasants, fisherfolk, workers in both formal and informal sectors, urban poor, youth and students, Muslim women and indigenous peoples.
The DSWP developed a “Women’s Agenda” through consultations with its members and which forms the basis for its programs and projects.
We envision the DSWP as a strong, credible, self-sustaining and socialist feminist federation of grassroots and community-based women able to significantly contribute to the Filipino women’s empowerment as well as the development of a Philippine society that fully recognizes, respects, and promotes the rights of all its citizens.