Immediately after the initial attempts to organise poor women on trade lines, the women of the Forum realised that it is their own poverty and assetlessness that rendered them helpless to alter the conditions of impoverishment and powerlessness. Women therefore, felt that their employment conditions needed sharper focus to confront the class character of the trade monopolies, land owners and employers in their respective occupations. Thus, women workers while retaining their original grassroots approach, organised themselves into a trade union to protect their right. Thus, Working Women's Forum was registered under the Trade Union Act of 1981 as the "NATIONAL UNION OF WORKING WOMEN".

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Unionisation and mobilisation
Access to Legal and Welfare Measures
Overcoming physical weakness