We began our work in 2000 as an effort to support the empowerment of women in the global economy as seen in the NAFTA factories called Maquiladoras.
We are allies of the women volunteers in the Comité Fronterizo de Obreras (the CFO). The women of the CFO take on the difficult task of filing grievances under existing Mexican abor law against multinational companies whose practices oppress women and children and create toxic work and living environments.
WOB’s primary mission is educational. All of the materials on this website are provided to help researchers, activists and allies of workers in the struggle for fair and just treatment in the global factories of the world.
We remain committed to raising awareness of the impact of global economics and trade politics on the lives of women and families who work in the maquilas. However we realize that the U.S.-Mexico border, especially since 2017 is a site of international strife and conflict. The humanitarian issues arising there bring together conflicting interests among workers, migrants, corporations that open factories and corporations that operate detention centers. Therefore WOB is committed to public information about how the rhetoric of corporate free trade and policy intersect with anti-migrant and anti-worker freedom concerns.
Women on the Border is a 501C3 tax exempt organization founded as a Texas-based non-profit corporation in the year 2000.