Who We Are
Women's Rights Center (WRC) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization operating in Armenia. It is a voluntary union of people that have joined their efforts for the sake of accomplishing their shared goals to prevent domestic violence against women and their children, as well as to protect women’s reproductive and sexual health and rights.
The main elements of the organizational structure are the General Assembly, the Advisory and the Executive Boards, the staff and interns. Today WRC has its representatives and group of activists in all regional cities of Armenia. WRC is a member of Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women.
The most pervasive human rights violation that we know is domestic violence: it devastates lives, fractures communities and stalls development. Armenia is not an exception among other countries of the world, where domestic violence exists in all its forms. That's why our organization's vision is to see Armenia becoming a democratic country free from any kind of violence including domestic violence, where the women's rights are respected as human rights, where women are independent, safe, protected and strong.
We are sure that our women and their children should be free from domestic violence and fear, full of hope for their future, surrounded by attention and love, which supports them in all spheres of their lives. We have also adopted domestic violence law, which can protect our women even in case of occurrence of domestic violence.
To promote and support the democratic changes in Armenia raising women's role in social, economic, cultural and political life, to change the mentality and the attitude of the society towards women's problems, to protect women's rights and gender equality, to reduce the rate of domestic violence against women and their children through Advocacy and Lobbying, Trainings, Seminars and Conferences, Consulting and Services, Investigation, Research and Publications, Outreach and Education Program, Cultural and Business Initiative.
• To prevent domestic violence against women and their children;
• To protect women's and their children's right to be free from violence;
• To support improvement of mechanisms of persecution for domestic violence;
• To protect women’s reproductive and sexual health and rights.
Since 1997 Women's Rights Center has been carrying out its activities in 2 main areas: domestic violence against women and reproductive and sexual health and rights. To achieve its goals WRC has worked out a long-term program "Break the Silence about Violence against Women”, which is realized step by step.
The Advisory Board
WRC has formed the Advisory Board, the aim of which is to support the activity of the Center in the sphere of domestic violence prevention, protection and prosecution. It is a consultative body of the organization. The members of the Board are representatives of governmental and non-governmental structures as well as some specialists dealing with women's issues.
The Executive Board is a decision-making body of the organization and consists of 5 WRC staff members. The aim the Board is to promote organization's activities and consider new possibilities of organization's development.