‘Since 1974, Neighborhood Women has been working to build a social change movement of grassroots women living in poor and working class urban and rural communities. At the heart of all NW efforts is our belief that a critical and usually overlooked way to improve life in neighborhoods is to enhance and expand participation by women in local development, connect them with allies from outside the neighborhood, and build an effective force for their visions and values in local, state, national, and international policy formation.’
NCNW Training Sourcebook, 1993
NCNW achieved consultative status at the United Nations in 1985 and helped initiate GROOTS. In 1995 NW became the global secretariat for the Huairou Commission, a global coalition that empowers grassroots women’s organizations to enhance their community development practice and to exercise collective political power.
The National Congress of Neighborhood Women has been dedicated for more than 30 years to empower poor and working class women to become community leaders, to give them a voice, and to raise their consciousness of their own power so they would be better able to define and solve problems facing their communities.
In 1989 NCNW decentralized its offices and Neighborhood Women of Williamsburg-Greenpoint became an independent non-profit affiliate. Though their work is visible in the built environment of Williamsburg – Greenpoint, their biggest impact has been in the perception the women had of themselves and the many lives they continue to transform.