What is a Women's Resource Center?
A Women’s Resource Center is a place, where women can gather to use their knowledge and competence and represent women’s interest in regional and local development work. A fundamental principle of Women’s Resource Centers is that they should develop on the basis of local needs and conditions with primary task to increase the number of women participating in political and economic development and growth on both regional and local levels. Activities of a WRCs stem from the grassroots, as it identifies local needs and specific features of the area where it functions, maps available and feasible resources and develops its activities accordingly. We believe, that only sound knowledge of local context and recognized impact of the WRCs’ activities in local level will ensure that the grassroots perspectives on gender equality will be reflected in national, regional and local policies.
WINNET Gyumri” Women and Youth NGO
How did we start?
"WINNET Gyumri" women and youth NGO, a member of the network of "WINNET Armenia" women's resource centers, began its activities in December 2021 with the support of the United Nations Population Fund, in the frames of the program "Future Today: empowerment of Women, Youth and Children for the deepening of democracy in Armenia".
As a result of the lessons learned from the past 3 years, the Winnet Gyumri team was formed in the last year, due to the team's capacity development courses, study visits, experience exchange, working visits and joint work organized within the framework of the "Future Today" program.
In December 2021, with the support of the UNFPA Armenia, "Future Today: within the framework of the project "Empowerment of Women, Youth and Children for the deepening of democracy in Armenia", the initiative group was registered as "WINNET Gyumri" non-governmental organization (NGO) for the development of women and youth.
Currently, the organization has 6 members, 20 beneficiaries who implement various initiatives, youth and volunteer work.
In order to create a social enterprise attached to the organization, the members of the NGO took business courses, generated ideas and developed a business model.
- Community initiatives,
- capacity building courses for women and youth,
- promotion of women's economic empowerment,
- business skills through re-specialization and job skills development,
- improving social protection of women and youth through awareness.