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Women’s Information Center: Georgia
| 22 June 2005

Tea Metreveli and Helen Rusetskaia from Georgia provide information about their organization, WIC.

The Women’s Information Center (WIC) was founded in March 2000 by an initiative group of young women with the support of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly – Georgian National Committee (hCa-GNC). In 2000 the Women’s Information Center co-founded the Georgian Women’s NGOs Coalition and joined the international organization “Women Against Violence Europe” (WAVE).

In March 2003 WIC was officially registered and became an independent organization. It has open membership and consists of a Board of Directors and volunteers (mainly students). Visit WIC at http://www.ginsc.net

Mission: To promote the development of democratic processes in the South Caucasus based on principles of humanism, equality and rightfulness; to increase the social, political and economic status of women and youth.

Involvement of Volunteers: Youth volunteer work has helped our organization develop and evolve. WIC offers volunteer opportunities for students that allow them to gain experience in their fields of interest. Volunteers may also use the Center’s library materials for their academic studies.

Services Provided

Informational Services: providing contact information for organizations, working on gender issues and women’s rights all over the South Caucasus, supplying women in Georgia with information about other service organizations according to their needs, and providing vulnerable members of the population with necessary information and support. A major component of these services is the development of the website for the Gender Informational Network of South Caucasus (www.ginsc.net) and the creation of a regional web portal.
Consulting Services: consulting women and regional women’s groups on the creation and the development of women’s civic initiatives and building organizational capacity.
Library Services: presenting necessary information and literature for academic studies and public education.
Publishing Services: providing publishing and polygraphic services (as the WIC Publishing House) with the intent of achieving financial stability and independence while filling the publishing needs of women’s organizations and initiative groups. The Publishing House also serves as a center for women’s training and employment.
Educational Programs:
- Gender issues and conflict resolution
- Authorized education
- Local government and self-government
- Resolution 1325 of the UN Security Council
- Presentation
- Facilitation and mediation
- Organizational development
- Development of women’s activity
Gender and youth policy development: taking part in the creation and realization of institutional machinery enhancing gender equality within the government of Georgia (group attached to the Prime Minister’s office).

For more information contact wicmika@caucasus.net or visit http://www.ginsc.net

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