The Women’s Team Member Network (WTMN) of Wells Fargo Enterprise Global Services, LLC – Philippines celebrated Women’s Month in March with a very special honor: It had been named an official International Chapter, which grants equal status with all other chapters within Wells Fargo, all over the world. As an international chapter, WTMN Philippines belongs to a greater network, learning from the best practices of other chapters while sharing its own unique experiences.
Many of those experiences involve women supporting women both inside and outside of Wells Fargo. As part of the celebrations, WTMN organized a talk for Wells Fargo team members featuring Jeannie Javelosa, founder of GREAT Women Philippines Corp. and co-founder of ECHOstore, a sustainable lifestyle store. Javelosa highlighted stories of women artisans in the GREAT Women and ECHOstore networks who lead and drive the livelihood of their local communities. GREAT stands for Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women. Through this platform one can see the power of women helping women and the power of an eco-system that supports women.
The WTMN also organized a donation drive to benefit the Marillac Center for Children and The Haven for Women – temporary shelters that provide rehabilitation and protective custody to young girls and women who have been victims of sexual crimes, domestic abuse, and the like.
Wells Fargo EGS Philippines team members donated toiletries and hygiene products. Team members also conducted a Hands on Banking® Philippines financial literacy training program with the women and staff of The Haven. Hands on Banking is a volunteer program in which Wells Fargo EGS Philippines team members share their knowledge in local communities to provide education on financial management and success.
Helen Molina, a social worker of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and house parent at The Haven said, “At the Center, these women have help. They don’t need to think about bills. When they leave the Center, they will be responsible for everything. Aside from charitable donations, through these volunteer efforts of Wells Fargo EGS Philippines team members, the women learn the value of money and how to be financially stable. They can apply these lessons once they’ve gotten back on their feet.”
Also during Women’s Month, Wells Fargo EGS Philippines organized a talk to address a growing concern in a beneficiary school: the online sexual exploitation of children, and violence against women and children. They brought in experts to discuss the mental health impacts of the trauma experienced by children in such cases.
“As we work to strengthen our internal awareness campaigns to help prevent and end violence against women and children, helping those who have been in that same situation makes our internal campaigns more meaningful,” said Nicole Tirona, Wells Fargo EGS Philippines Community Affairs manager. “WTMN volunteers also learn much from the brave women and young girls who are working hard in rebuilding their lives after going through periods of varied abuse.”