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WRCA Yerevan

The Women's Resource Center Armenia was founded in 2003. WRCA is the first resource center created in the post-soviet Armenia for young women. WRCA is working in the area of women's human right, reproductive and sexual rights, sexual violence and women's role in the conflict resolution and peace building. WRCA's main goal is to give women the necessary tools and empower them to become active citizens of the Armenian community, through education and support.

WRCA was originally located inside the Yerevan State University campus and served as a drop-in center for young female students. In 2006, WRCA moved to downtown Yerevan and is now open to women of all ages, education, sexual orientation and social backgrounds.

Our Center's model is based on the democratic participatory structure, run and governed by women. Volunteerism and participation is the essential part of the on-going functioning of the center's activities. WRCA is a friendly space for women and young girls with special needs and among out trainees and beneficiaries we have women with different physical disabilities. WRCA is the first NGO addressing the issue of sexual violence in Armenia against women and establishing a volunteer based hotline and crisis center since 2008 with a referral mechanism. The organization is very active in the region of South Caucasus and addresses the issue of GBV in refugee communities from Azerbaijan and Iraq.

The organization initiates "Women's Coalition for Peace" and "Young Women's Network of South Caucasus" and cooperates with similar women's organizations in Georgia, Abkhazia, Azerbaijan and South Ossetia.

 WRCA is the first NGO addressing the issue of sexual violence in Armenia against women and establishing a volunteer based hotline and crisis center since 2007 with a referral mechanism. The organization is very active in the region of South Caucasus and addresses the issue of GBV in refugee communities from Azerbaijan and Iraq. WRCA has a broad experience in: 1) Developing GBV and sexual assault focal crisis centers in the regional cities to make it more accessible and better prepared to respond to the growing numbers of cases in the regions and the rural areas, 2) Networking and coalition building both on regional and national level and has established focal points for GBV and Sexual assault crisis center in different provinces, 3) Implementing an awareness campaign in local. One of the major campaigns that WRCA has implemented for the past 2 years is the Sexual Violence and harassment campaign in Yerevan. 4) Advocacy and lobbying experience, 5) Working in partnership with governmental institutions (since 2009, WRCA is working on amendments to the law on sexual violence of the criminal code of RoA, presently in circulation in parliament). WRCA plays active role in the interagency committee to counter gender-based violence in RA

1) Member of State Interagency Committee to Combat Gender-Based Violence in Armenia, which is established per Decree (N 213-A) of Prime Minister of RoA on March 30, 2010.

2) Founding Member of a Coalition to Stop Violence against Women in Armenia.

3) Founding Member of a Network of Sub-National GBV and SGBV Crisis Centers in Armenia

5) Founding Member of South Caucasus Young Women's Network.

 

6) Member of Gender Theme Group in Armenia established by OSCE, UNFPA and the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of RoA.

7) Member of South Caucasus Human Rights Defenders Network.

8) Member of Human Rights House Armenia (in the process of establishment).

9) Member of South Caucasus Women's Coalition for Peace and Security.

10) Member of ASTRA for reproductive and sexual health.

11) Member of Country Representation of Global Fund for the implementation of project on tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.

12) Member of Advocacy group for people living with HIV.

Read also about the History and Members of WRCA Yerevan.

WRCA all projects

Donor Organization Title Description Duration
 Jinishian Memorial Foundation

 Gender Education for Female Students

 

 Trainings on women's rights for female students 01.19.2003- 01.12.2003 
 Jinishian Memorial Foundation

Raising Awareness on Women's Rights Among Young Girls from Orphanages of Armenia

 

 Trainings and workshops for young girls from 3 orphanages of Armenia  01.01.2004-12.12.2004
 Swiss Agency For International Development

Gender Analyses of the Impact of Implementation of the Program "Raw Milk Production Improvement" 

 

 Gender monitoring/research  01.02.2005-01.10.2005
 Open Society Institute Foundation Assistance Armenia

 Promoting Collection of Movies "Gender Montage" in the Regions of Armenia

 

 Trainings and movie screenings in the regions  01.01.2005-01.12.2005
 Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation Armenia

 Raising Awareness on Human Rights among Regional Youth

 

 Awareness raising activities in the regions  01.01.2006-01.12.2006
 Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation Armenia

 Raising Tolerance on Minority Rights and Rights of Vulnerable Social Groups among Young People

 

 Awareness raising activities in the regions  01.01.2007-10.12.2007
 Mama Cash

Young Women's Sexual Health and Sexual Rights Education in Armenia

 

 Awareness raising, trainings for young women  2004
 Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 Reproductive Health and Minority Rights Education and Awareness in the Yezidi Kurdish Villages of Armenia

 

 Educational project on reproductive health in Yezidi community of Armenia  01.03-2007-01.12.2007
 Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation Armenia

 Raising Tolerance on Minority Rights and Rights of Vulnerable Social Groups among Young People

 

 Awareness raising activities in the regions  01.01.2007-10.12.2007
 Mama Cash

 Young Women's Sexual Health and Sexual Rights Education in Armenia

 

 Awareness raising, trainings for young women  2004
 Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 Reproductive Health and Minority Rights Education and Awareness in the Yezidi Kurdish Villages of Armenia

 

 Educational project on reproductive health in Yezidi community of Armenia  01.03-2007-01.12.2007
 Kvinna till Kvinna

 Capacity Building for the Women's Resource Center

 

 Capacity building, development of the center  Ongoing support since 2005
 Kvinna till Kvinna

 Initiating a Dialog Among Armenian and Azerbaijani women around UN Resolution 1325

 

 Cooperation project among women-refugees from Armenia and Azerbaijan  Since 2008
 Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 Strengthening the Sexual Assault Crisis Centers in Armenia

 

 Development of ho-line, counseling service in Yerevan and 3 regions of Armenia  Since 2009
 Counterpart International Armenia

 Changes and Amendments to the Law on Sexual Violence in the Criminal Code of RA

 

 Modification of Law on Sexual Violence in the Criminal Code  01.07.2010- 01.12.2010
 Global Fund for Women

 Career Development Project for Women

 

 Workshops on CV writing, preparing job portfolio for women  01.03.2009-01.11.2009
 European Commission and Kvinna Till Kvinna

 Young Armenian and Azerbaijani women for Peace and Security in the Region

 

 Trainings, forums in Nagorno Kharabagh around UN Resolution 13 25  01.01.2011-01.11.2011
 US Embassy in Armenia

 Empowering Young Women for Gender Equality in the Regions of RA

 

 Advocacy and community mobilization project for young women  01.09.2011 -01.09.2012
 UNHCR

 Refugee Women Empowerment Project in Armenia

 

 Educational, social and cultural programs for refugee women leaving in Armenia  01.07.2011- 01.07.2012
 Global Fund for Women

 Capacity Building for the Center

 

 Support for the Center's Projects  01.01.2012-01.12.2012