Working Women's Forum

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The Working Women's Forum (WWF) is a women's organisation in southern India. It was founded in 1978 by Jaya Arunachalam in Madras (Chennai). The WWF aims to empower poor women in southern India by providing microcredits, a trade union, health care and training. It works with the poor women working in the informal sector, such as street vendors, silkworm growers and silk weavers, handicraft producers, washerwomen and fisherwomen.[1][2][3][4][5]

There are two organisations closely related to the WWF:[6]

  • Indian Co-operative Network for Women (ICNW), provides loans
  • National Union of Working Women (NUWW), a trade union

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  1. ^ Haviland, Charles (23 August 2002). "Empowering the women of Madras". BBC News. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
  2. ^ Boustany, Nora (6 May 2005). "A Lifelong Champion Of India's Poorest Women". The Washington Post. p. A20. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
  3. ^ Venkatesan, D. (5 June 2005). "Fight against poverty". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
  4. ^ Ekins, Paul (1992). A new world order: grassroots movements for global change. Routledge. pp. 118–122. ISBN 0-415-07115-1. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
  5. ^ Haynes, Jeffrey (2002). Politics in the developing world: a concise introduction (2 ed.). Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 202–203. ISBN 0-631-22556-0. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
  6. ^ "Mission & Profile". WWF Website. Retrieved 21 August 2009.

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