Regional Women’s Conference to Promote Cooperation

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A regional conference for women from Armenia–Georgia and Azerbaijan has been scheduled to be held in Tbilisi in the fall. The conference has been viewed as a major step toward cooperation of women’s organizations in the Caucasus.

Preparations for the conference were launched in June by the participants in the global training in leadership for women of Armenia implemented by the Academy of Education Development of the USAID with the assistance of Winrock International. AED also arranged similar programs for women from Georgia and Azerbaijan.

In the AED program–women from the three countries stayed in the United States for a month where they took a course of theoretical and practical training in managing public organizations. Special attention in the program was assigned to cooperation between women’s organizations.

In the preparatory period for the conference–Armenian women presenting 16 public organizations already held meetings with representatives of AED–USAID and Usis–the US Embassy in Armenia. Special attention was paid to further plans regarding the establishment of first a national and consequently a regional network of women’s organizations promoting the establishment of democratic society in the post-Soviet era.

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