United Nations

AIWA continues its active presence as an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) at the United Nations in New York, thanks largely to the efforts of our chief representative, Tiana Smilow, who attends meetings regularly, and Joan Agajanian Quinn, who represents AIWA at many UN-sponsored conferences. Other active members of AIWA’s team at the United Nations are Joy Renjilian-Burgy, Barbara Merguerian, and Hasmig Tatiossian.

AIWA is particularly active in such UN affiliates as the Commission on the Status of Women, which sponsors annual conferences in New York in the spring; and UNIFEM, the United Nations Development Fund for Women. We are affiliated both with ECOSOC (UN Economic and Social Council) and DPI (Department of Public Information).

Over the years AIWA has organized workshops, often co-sponsored by other international organizations, on a number of topics including 2008’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights in Paris  where AIWA member Dr. Ani Kalayjian organized a workshop on the theme “Women’s Rights are Human Rights: Cases from Africa, Caucasus, Europe and the Middle East”. That same year Mariam Nighosian served as facilitator at the Consultation Day program preceding the annual meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women on the topic “Fostering Women’s Entrepreneurship” attracting a large number of women and connecting AIWA with NGOs funding a variety of programs for women around the world.

AIWA presented a parallel event at the 60th annual session of the CSW in New York on Monday, March 14, 2016 (see below .  Ever since our 2004 International Conference in Geneva, AIWA has had a registered delegation, headed by Nune Magoyan, at the United Nations in Geneva. We welcome members who would like to join AIWA’s various UN delegations and participate actively in some of the many informative conferences, workshops, and meetings taking place there.

 Development of Programs and Evaluation Methodologies
Designed to Achieve Gender Equality

Monday, March 14th 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
CUNY Graduate Center in NYC (5th Ave at 34th St.)


Susan Raymond, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Changing our World
Shakeh Kaftarian, Ph.D., President, Kaftarian & Associates
Maro Matosian, Director, Women’s Support Center, Yerevan, Armenia  Presentation
Judy Norsigian, Co-Founder/Editor, Our Bodies Ourselves
Alexandra Pittman, Founder, AVP Global Consulting   Impact Mapper

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