Batis Center for Women began in 1988 as a joint initiative between the Division of Family Ministries of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and the House in the Emergency of Love and Peace (HELP) Asian Women’s Shelter of the Japan Women’s Christian Temperance Union. It was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on June 23, 1989. Since its inception, Batis has extended direct assistance to over 3,000 women and their families. Batis Center for Women has also relayed its advocay messages on hte risks and realities of migration to more than 20,000 students, community women and leaders, and national and local policymakers through the conduct of community education sessions, theater performances and other cultural presentations, and fora.
The realization of Batis Center for Women’s vision of empowered women returnees and their families is the formation of Batis AWARE (Association of Women in Action for Rights and Empowerment), the self-help organization of Filipino women returnees from Japan in 1996 and Batis-YOGHI (Youh Organization that Gives Hope and Inspiration) composed of children of the women returnees in 2000.
Batis Center for Women, Batis AWARE and Batis-YOGHI works as partners in addressing the issues of migration, human rights and development in general, and women migrant workers and their families in particular.