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The Women Scholars' Council (WSC)

The Elderly Women's League

The Youth Council

 

The Women Scholars' Council (WSC)

What is the WSC?

The Women Scholars' Council (WSC) was founded in 1991 (under the auspices of the Ghevond Alishan Cultural-Educational Association) and is now a division of the Center for the Development of Civil Society (CDCS). It was formed to promote and protect women's social, legal, and civil rights and interests in Armenia.

The WSC Mission

The WSC's mission is the following:

  • To protect women's rights in accordance with the UN Charter on Human Rights;
  • To increase the role of women in public, social, cultural, and political life;
  • To promote the role of women in academia and attract the younger generation to academic development, notwithstanding the current socioeconomic difficulties facing them; 
  • To share and celebrate the Armenian language and culture.

WSC Activities

Advocacy, training, information dissemination, project implementation, research.

WSC Programs

  • Drafting of a roster for female professionals in Armenia; 
  • "Women in Science in the Transition period": workshop;
  • Armenian Scientific Literary Style: Specialized language training for refugee women-teachers from rural areas of Armenia;
  • The Women's Movement and Civil Society in Armenia: Conference;
  • Training courses for Leaders of Women NGOs;
  • Help yourself - to help women in creating their own small business.
  • Village Women in Civil Society - seminars.

WSC Ongoing projects

  • Armenian Women Scholars of the 20th Century
    A Biographical Encyclopedia
  • Empowering Young Women in Rural Areas

WSC Achievements

The Women Scholars' Council (WSC) has participated 
in the following events:

  • "Women's NGO Management & Violence Against Women"
  • NGO training program (Atlanta, USA)
  • Workshops and seminars organized by the Resource Center of the Armenian NGOC
  • "NGO Leadership and Civil Society» Salzburg Seminar (Salzburg, Austria)
  • "Transitional Training Seminar on Trafficking in Women" (Budapest 1998)
  • Women Leaders for the World, Global Women’s Leadership Network
  • Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, California, USA
  • Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Politics and Business Salzburg- Seminar, Salzburg    Austria
  • Training Program on Trafficking in Women, Utrecht, Netherlands.

The WSC has also taken part in the following 
international conferences:

  • The Fourth World Conference on Women" (Beijing, China) 1995;
  • "1st European Women's Synod" (Gmunden, Austria) 1996;
  • "Cultural Competence and Mental Health" (Sacremento, USA) 1997;
  • "Welcome to Washington International Club" Annual conference, (Washington DC, USA) 1997;
  • "Women Against Trafficking of Women" (Amersford, Netherlands) 1997;
  • "Women who are Changing Education" (AAUW, Eau Claire, USA) 1997;
  • "Caucasus Women's Leadership Conference" (Tabakhmela, Georgia) 1998;
  • "Women and Earth" International conference (Helsinki, Finland) 1998; "The 1999 Seoul International Conference of NGOs" (Seoul, Korea) 1999.

WSC Membership

  • NEWW- Network of East-West Women
  • WFMH - World Federation for Mental Health
  • Rural Women’s Network
  • CIVICUS
  • WANGO
  • INWES, International Network of Women Engineers & Scientists
  • AWID - Association for Women in Development

CDCS is accredited to the Steering group of UNHCR Regional Conference to Address the Problems of Refugees, Displaced Persons, other Forms of Involuntary Displacement and Returnees in the Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and Relevant Neighboring States.

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The Elderly Women's League

What is the EWL?

The Elderly Women's League (EWL) was founded in 2002 (under the auspices of the Center for the Development of Civil Society) and is now a division of the CDCS. It was formed to promote and protect elderly women's social, legal, and civil rights and interests and to make them active participants in building a civil society in Armenia.

Goals

  • To protect elderly women's rights in accordance with the UN Charter on Human Rights;
  • To increase the role of elderly women in public, social, cultural, and political life;
  • To unite elderly women around the world; to establish and maintain peace and security;
  • To share and celebrate the Armenian language and culture.

Objectives

  • to determine the real demands of middle-aged and elderly women in Armenia;
  • to make up a roster of the gifted middle-aged and elderly women;
  • to discover how elderly women can strengthen Armenian society;
  • to determine the necessary changes in the life of elderly women to make them active participants in developing a civil society in Armenia.

Activities

Advocacy, training, information dissemination, networking
project implementation, research

Implemented Projects

  • Multilingual illustrated dictionary (Armenian/Russian/English/French/
  • German (Spanish), published in 1995
  • Russian-Armenian/Armenian-Russian dictionary published for refugees and national minorities
  • Training for female refugee teachers from rural areas of Armenia
  • Drafting of a Roster for women professionals in Armenia
  • Any dialog between civil society organization of Armenia and Turkey (2010)
  • Any dialog between civil society organization of Armenia and Turkey (2011)
  • Overcoming Violence against Young Women, seminar for youth from CIS countries (Armenia)
  • Overcoming Violence against Young Women, seminar for youth from CIS countries (Georgia)
  • Overcoming Violence against Young Women II (Georgia)

Ongoing Projects

  • Armenian Women Scholars of the 20th Century”: a Biographical encyclopedia
  • Not by Bread Alone  (publication of tutorial materials for refugees)
  • "Women's Stories"
  • Stockholm Challenge 2008 Award Ceremony, Stockholm, Sweden

The EWL has also taken part in the following activities

  • “ Never too late to learn”, Romania, 2002
  • “Black Sea Training”, Scotland,2003
  • “ MIRIAM: Changing the World Together”, Romania,2005
  • “ MIRIAM: Changing the World Together”, Poland,2006
  • “ Never too late to learn”, Romania,2008
  • “ Never too late to learn”, Armenia,2010

 Local Network

Armenian Women’s Network (Network of 19 Women’s NGOs), Association for Sustainable Human Development, All Armenian Women’s Union, Maternity Fund, Women’s Republican Council, Center for Sociological Research, Mental Health Foundation, Ahazang Refugee’s Association, “Sociometer” Independent Sociological Research Center, Social Policy & Development Center.
 
 International network

 National Peace Foundation USA, Friendship Force Atlanta, USA, Armenian Cultural Circle Montreal, Canada, Armenian Women’s Association, Canada, Societe des Etudes Armeniennes Paris, France, UNESCO, UNHCR, USAID, UNICEF, PAS/US Embassy, UN/NRS, OSI, European Women’s Synod, Netherlands, WRTW, Committee of Religious Women Against Trafficking in Women, Netherlands, EU/COE, World Learning, NGOC, Eurasia Foundation, CIVICUS, NOVIB/Oxfam, COUNTERPART, The Netherlands Embassy, Georgia.   

 

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The Youth Council

The YC Mission:

  • To protect the rights of youth in civil society;
  • To increase the role of youth in public, social, cultural and political life;
  • To promote the role of youth in public life, and attract the younger generation to civil development, notwithstanding the current socioeconomic difficulties facing them;
  • To unite youth around the world, to establish and maintain peace and security;
  • To share and celebrate the Armenian language and culture.

Bill of Rights of the Youth Council

The youth has the right to:

  • express itself with originality and enthusiasm;
  • take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success;
  • have confidence in itself and to be safe in the world;
  • prepare for interesting work and economic independence.

YC Activities

Advocacy, training, information dissemination, networking,
project implementation, research

Implemented Projects

  • A Christmas Party for orphans and refugee children, in conjunction with the Armenian      Mental health Foundation
  • Support Center for Young Women
  • Internet Club
  • Children are Our Future: Annual summer school for refugee and local children (education of tolerance)
  • Overcoming Violence against Young Women, seminar for youth from CIS countries (Armenia)
  • Overcoming Violence against Young Women, seminar for youth from CIS countries (Georgia)
  • Overcoming Violence against Young Women II (Georgia)
  • Strengthening Rural Community

Ongoing projects

  • Support Center for Young Women
  • Any dialog between civil society organization of Armenia and Turkey (2010)
  • Any dialog between civil society organization of Armenia and Turkey (2011)

The YC has also taken part in the following activities:

  • Sales-Exposition of the Handicraft Pieces, organized by the International Women's Club    Day of Good Deeds, Visit to the Boarding School of Children with Weak Eyesight
  • Stockholm Challenge 2008 Award Ceremony, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Women and Women's Movement in Armenia round table for students of faculty of    journalism of the University of Bonn, Germany
  • Overcoming Violence against Young Women (Georgia)
  • Overcoming Violence against Young Women II (Georgia)

International network:

National Peace Foundation USA, Friendship Force Atlanta, USA, Armenian Cultural Circle Montreal, Canada, Societe des Etudes Armeniennes Paris, France, UNESCO, UNHCR, USAID, UNICEF, USIS, UN/NRS, OSI, European Women's Synod, Netherlands, WRTW, Committee of Religious Women Against Trafficking in Women, Netherlands.

Local Network:

Armenian Women's Network (Network of 19 Women's NGOs), Association for Sustainable Human Development, Women Republican Council, Center for Sociological Research, Mental Health Foundation, “Ahazang” Refugee’s Association,  “Sociomete” Independent Sociological Research Center.

YC Membership

Member of Young Women and Leadership Organization, AWID

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