The Philippines is made up of more than 7,000 islands, but it is estimated that at least half of the population live on just one of these, the island of Luzon. The Philippines is thought to be the eighth-most populated country in Asia and the 12th most populated country in the world.
Mothers’ Union has links with the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) in the Philippines. The ECW was formed in the Philippines over a hundred years ago and brings Christian women together in a fellowship of faith, witness and service in the life and work of the Church.
The Episcopal Church Women in the Philippines are particularly concerned with the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls and human trafficking, and have been working on these issues with local government, other NGOs and faith based organisations. They hope to engage younger women of the church in these activities, especially involving them in advocating around issues such as gender based violence.
Community Development Coordinators (CDC’s) are professionally trained community development staff, employed by local Mothers’ Union’s to help and support members as they engage with their churches and wider community.