WELCOME to the
COALITION for the ADVANCEMENT of the FILIPINO WOMEN
The Coalition for the Advancement of Filipino Women (CAFW) is a 501 (c)(3) human service network of grassroots organizations and individuals from all walks of life, committed to improving the status of women, and their families and communities, through:
- Family, spiritual, economic and political empowerment
- Youth support and leadership development
- Citizenship education
- Equity and equality in health care
Striving for fair and just treatment of all categories of people, by creating opportunities and mechanisms to translate community resources and capacities into purposeful and meaningful actions.
CAFW shares with the women of the world a commitment to action to realize the common vision of a global community where equality, equity, justice, development and peace reign.
Originally conceptualized by male artist Ahbe Sulit, the original version was a single woman balancing 3 pots on her head. With inputs from sister IrviSulit and CAFW founder Raquel Z. Ordonez, the artist added 2 more women. The official CAFW logo shows silhouettes of three (3) women with 3 large clay pots on their heads walking gracefully with upright backs and in stride with one another, dressed up in ethnic clothes. The 3 pots stand for:
- Women as Culture Bearers
- Women as Community Leaders
- Women as Family Pillars.
More than 20 years later, CAFW’s 3-pot symbols transformed into realities in the lives of the women who inspired the artist: culture bearers, family pillars, and community leaders.
After Raquel Z. Ordonez passed on in 2005, co-founder IrviSulit consequently formed Toburan Wholistic Health Initiative. Years later in 2011, inspired by the book Raquel wrote, “Challenging the Health Care Apartheid: Equality and Equity for People of Color,” co-founder Ludy Resurreccion partnered with Myrna D. Santos, RN, to expand The Nursing Office.com which Myrna had started in 2006. Most recently (2016), CAFW supporter Gilda T. Sambajon, RN, formed HTS International BANIG SA BOOD, Inc.: Civics and Culture Center: An Oasis of Integrative Artsto benefit children and seniors in her hometown in Bohol, Philippines.
Growing, expanding, and creating more pots, The Nursing Office.com has extended services to women in Richmond Hill’s Pakistani women; connected with the UN’s Pan Pacific & South East Asian Women Association (PPSEAWA), NY Chapter; supported younger generations of Filipinos of UNIPRO, Queens Memory Project & My Baryo, My Borough Story-telling Project.
Most importantly, in 2016 The Nursing Office.com supported The Philippine Community Center Services for Aging, Inc. (PCCSA) with founder Consuelo Almonte, in offering programs and advocacy for seniors and elderly people.