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
Delhi based Organisations
Steering Committee Members
State Convenors and Coordinators
National & State level Members
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.