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FORCES is a national network of organisations and individuals concerned with issues relating to women working in the unorganised sector and care of their children.

It came into being on 17 January 1989 following the recommendations of the Shram Shakti Report brought out by the National Commission of Self Employed Women and Women in the Informal Sector. Though founded to act as a pressure group, the network is committed to the survival and development of the young child (0-6 years) and women working in the informal sector.


FORCES is an informal network and not a registered body and therefore have no membership fee. The voluntary nature of the network gives no tangible benefits to members but a sense of belonging and working together on certain issues. 

There are two main decision-making bodies - the Policy Committee and the National Steering Committee both of which provide direction
to the National Secretariat. The Convenor organisation plays a
supportive role by providing space for the Secretariat and routing the monies for it.

Decisions Making Bodies

  Steering Committee

  Policy Committee

Steering Committee

  Delhi based Organisations

  Individual Members


Policy Committee

  Steering Committee Members

  State Convenors and Coordinators

  National & State level Members

  Special Invitees

The National Secretariat rotates every three to five years among the headquarters-based member organizations to ensure ownership. Since April 2007 it is housed at Centre for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi.



  FORCES is an advocacy network which is committed to the survival, protection and holistic development of the young child