The only international organization dedicated to the advancement of Armenian women regardless of their political, religious or educational affiliation.
In 1990, three dynamic women from Boston, Massachusetts, from diverse backgrounds, skills and experiences, shared a common belief: the need for a new Armenian organization made up of women, governed by women, and focused on the interests and needs of women. It was against this background that in 1991, Eva Medzorian, Barbara Merguerian and Olga Proudian came together to formally organize the Armenian International Women’s Association (“AIWA”), a nonprofit organization with members worldwide. Without alignment to any political or religious group, since its inception, AIWA has been successful in bringing together creative women of various generations, diverse in interests and academic backgrounds, to fulfill its mission.

Our Vision and Values

After 27 years remaining the only independent Armenian international organization to be served by and for women, the Armenian International Women’s Association made the decision in 2017 to re-evaluate its strategy and positioning for supporting the personal and professional advancement of Armenian women around the world. The question wasn’t just how best to serve but how best to serve as many as possible. If AIWA wanted to better serve its mission it needed to consider its relevance and its impact; the growth and sustainability of the organization depends upon knowing the difference it is making for the future of all women. The discovery process began with several fundamental questions: How have needs changed for women and girls since 1991? How has technology changed the way we connect and interact as women? How has the composition of our communities changed and what does it tell us about women’s needs? In a post-revolution Armenia, what are the opportunities for strengthening the relationship between women of Armenia and of the Diaspora?

The road map for the organization continues to unfold and includes several phases from visioning and discovery to strategy and execution. While AIWA has inevitably been thrust into a “start-up phase” in its growth, the Mission and Goals established when the organization was founded in 1991 remain significant and fundamental to its future.

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    To promote and enrich the social, economic and personal advancement of Armenian women worldwide through educational and other community activities that unite Armenian women, promote gender equity, and emphasize our Armenian cultural heritage.

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    Create a network of Armenian organizations and initiatives;

    Provide an interactive forum for connection and dialogue to
    support an Armenian women’s success;

    Strengthen knowledge and understanding of the changing roles
    of women in the world;

    Increase the visibility of Armenian women and
    promote their equal role in the community;

    Ensure the accurate portrayal of Armenian women
    to audiences around the world;

    Document and publish content to encourage the sharing of resources and ideas
    that will further the understanding around the
    challenges and opportunities for Armenian women;

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    Over $600,000 in scholarships given to women of
    Armenian descent in the Diaspora and Armenia.

    Over 285 graduates from our Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (WEP) and the Women’s Leadership Program (WLP) at AUA since its inception in 2004.

    One of the three founding funders of the Women’s Support Center (WSC) in Armenia in 2010 with a $10,000 gift. We continue to provide financial support annually.

    Translated and published 12 books by Armenian feminist women of our history. All books available for purchase on our website and on Amazon.

    Hosted 9 international conferences: Yerevan, Paris, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Geneva, Boston.

Our Strategy

As AIWA moves from discovery to planning, it has developed 6 initial strategic focus areas to drive its programming for the next two years. Each of these areas will establish goals and be structured to continuously adapt to changing needs in various communities, in Armenia and the Diaspora.
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    Supporting a woman’s empowerment to be aware and in control of her mental and physical well-being

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    Increasing Armenian women’s participation in civil society and supporting their success in government and community leadership

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    Providing Armenian women with greater access to advisors, mentorship and financial resources to help fuel their entrepreneurial aspirations and individual leadership

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    Ensuring women have the tools and skills necessary to increase their capacity and create opportunities for their advancement

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    Ensuring that Armenian women are accurately portrayed as well as recognized for their contributions in academia and science

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    Ensuring that Armenian women are accurately portrayed as well as recognized for their contributions in academia and science

Leadership & Governance

Board of Directors

Ani L. Kharajian
Board President

Senior Portfolio Director, Harvard Business School
Boston, MA

Carolyn Atinizian
Board Vice President/Treasurer

Attorney, Vast Capital
Boston, MA

Sara Janjigian Trifiro
Board Vice President

Marketing/Business Development Consulting
Boston, MA

Silva Katchiguian
Board Secretary and Affiliate Liaison

Los Angeles, CA

Barbara Merguerian
AIWA Clerk/Head of Archives

Boston, MA

Natalie Batmanian

Behavioral Science and Language Learning Expert, Rutgers University
Ramsey, NJ

Flora Dunaians

Philanthropist and Community Leader
Pasadena, CA

Manoog Kaprielian

Providence, RI

Veronika Moroian

Vice President of Business Strategy, Univision
New York, NY

Zara Ingilizian

Head of Future Consumption, World Economic Forum
New York, NY

Alice Petrossian

Independent Education Management Professional
Los Angeles, CA

Lusine Yeghiazaryan

Vice President, CAE, GoPro
San Francisco, CA