The amount and the quality of time that I had the chance to spend with the Center for Women’s Resources has afforded me many opportunities to observe how true they are to their mantra of investigating women’s situations and serving and empowering women, and how they extend this philosophical regard to each other, as they have done to us fieldworkers as well. To learn and participate in a highly-acclaimed organization doing research on the level of international and national standards where the staff operates within a three-tiered hierarchy with a flat organization’s behavior is simply amazing and humbling. I felt empowered from the first meeting, where I chose to work on this project up until the close of the semester. It was evident to me how I was offered guidance with my learning needs in mind, in the face of so many other urgent and impending projects that are clearly the priority of the organization at the moment. This context is important to mention because it is already organic to the operation of the organization and the conduct of its projects.
The principles and ethics of their service to grassroots women are deeply embedded in their conduct of the organization and of themselves. On the principles of serving grassroots women: They live as they serve, and they extended the practice of these feminist principles to those that they work with. All throughout my internship with them, my consultation with the Executive Director remained true to my needs, not token. I had many opportunities to observe their steadfast commitment to stewardship over social justice, vigilance for the oppression of women, and the calls to action in taking research to the grassroots.
Working with the CWR has given me many opportunities for enriching experiences and immersion. The organization struck a refreshing balance in its guidance of my work and its confidence in my abilities and my commitment to carry out the tasks entrusted to me. To have had the opportunity to work with the LITNUM women and to also have the honor of reviewing the organization’s LITNUM Manuals will remain an experience to measure other opportunities by. I can only hope that I am able to contribute as much as I have gained in working with the organization.