Women’s Information Center

Women’s Information Center

Women’s Information Center is one of the first organizations which started working towards gender issues and improving women’s status in Georgia. Main priorities of the organization are to provide assistance to, advocacy and raise awareness of women from regions, IDP and ethnic minority women. Organization actively participates in the process of lobbying gender issues in legislative and executive bodies. As a result of recommendation of Women’s Information Center, gender advisors have been appointed in the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, as well as in 39 municipalities.

In 2000 the group has been established which would work on gender issues, capacity building of women and protection of their rights. Initiator of establishing the group was Youth Group of Helsinki Citizens Assembly – Georgian National Committee. Group members knew that by that time women’s movement didn’t even exist in Georgia, IC technologies for promotion of women’s capacity building were not developed, there was no information service. The group started collection of information on organizations, working in given area.

In the process of our work we have identified, that overall picture was even worse than expected. Information about gender was very scarce in the country. This became a stimulus for establishing of a Woman’s Information Center as an organization the main objective of which must have been the capacity building of women through utilization of information-communication technologies and increasing of efficiency of women’s movement, as well as propagation of women’s ideas in the wide public.

In 2000, with support of OSCE/ODIHR, Women’s Information Center became a co-founder of Coalition of Women’s NGOs in Georgia and a member of international organization “WAVE-Women against Violence Europe”, representing given organization in Georgia.

In 2002 under the aegis of National Committee of Helsinki Citizens Council, the initiative group has published the first directory of women’s organizations in the Southern Caucasus.

Since 2003, Women’s Information Center has been officially registered as independent organization.

At present, organization is a member of several national and international unions, has close links with European organizations and cooperates with CSOs. Women’s Information Center has implemented several important projects and continues its work on ongoing projects.

WIC is responsible for administration of the resource center, which renders assistance directly to women’s NGOs, initiative groups and individual persons, as well as other civil society and international organizations. Resource center is equipped with library with resources on women rights and gender issues.

WIC has representations in different regions of Georgia.

WIC promotes to development of the network of women NGOs and supports leader women activities.

WIC administrates the following web projects:

www.ginsc.net –Gender Information Portal in the Southern Caucasus

www.antitraf.net – No Trafficking

www.youthknot.net – “Youth line” of the European network

WIC established and administers activities of “Women’s polygraphic services”, which is focused on capacity building of women and strengthening of their role in polygraphic and publishing spheres and promotion of organizational development.

WIC is representative of the network “Women against Violence in Europe (WAVE)”; representative of the network NEWW-Network of East-West Women in the Southern Caucasus and member of the network “European Center for Women and Technology”.

WIC focuses on establishment of women organization networks and coalition work.