AS A NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION, WE APPOINT SEVERAL REPRESENTATIVES TO THE UNITED NATIONS IN NEW YORK TO ENSURE THAT ARMENIAN WOMEN ARE PART OF THE WORLD’S CONVERSATION.

Our participation in UN activities allows us to contribute to the efforts that support peace and equality around the world. The Armenian International Women’s Association is accredited to the UN ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) and the UN DPI (Department of Public Information). As a member of the UN NGO Commission on the Status of Women, we have been hosting a panel event every year in March as part of the NGO CSW annual session.

Our panel for the sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place March 19, 2022, unless otherwise noted. The priority theme is Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental, and disaster risk reduction policies and programs.

AIWA will focus on the underlying impacts climate crisis has on vulnerable communities. Our participation will expand on current needs and what we can do to build and make a tangible difference working towards a future that is more equal, resilient, and sustainable for women and girls and ultimately families.

Why does the UN matter for AIWA?

Advocacy

By participating in panels, meetings and discussions, we increase the civic engagement of Armenian women and enable them to speak on behalf of others

Relevance

Having a voice and providing input means AIWA can influence the importance of Armenia and Armenian women within the global agenda of the UN.

Leadership

AIWA sets an example for others and paves the way for future leaders from the community.

UN Accomplishments

  • Represented as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) at the United Nations in New York since 1992
  • Sponsored several panels at the UN and participates in the NGO Commission on the Status of Women annual sessions in March
  • Met privately during our International Conference in Geneva with the Director General of the UN, Sergei Ordjonikidze, to discuss several issues, among them the role of women in peacekeeping and conflict resolution.
  • authored with AGBU and ARF a joint letter to his Excellency António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, asking him to take immediate action concerning  the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict (Oct 27, 2020)
  • 4 AIWA members attended the UN Women’s Conference in Beijing, China, 1995

Representative Past AIWA UN Panels

  • Women’s Economic Empowerment in a Changing World of Human Environment — 2021
  • Elevating Armenian Women’s Role in Decision Making and Domestic/International Relations — 2020
  • Women as Agents of Sustainable Peace:  From Revolution to Governance — 2019
  • Amplifying Voices and Choices: Pathways to Ensuring Rural Gender Equity — 2018
  • Economic Empowerment of Women: Lessons from Armenia — 2017
  • Development of Programs and Evaluation Methodologies Designed to Achieve Gender Equality — 2016
  • The Role of Men in in Preventing Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence — 2013
  • Rural Women: Imagery and Empowerment — 2012
  • Women’s Rights are Human Rights:  Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights — 2008
  • Climate Change and the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection: Challenges for Holistic Health and Education — 2007

Past Events

06/11/2021

AIWA Women Shaping Global Standards: Safety, Health & Wellness

20/03/2021

Women in Leadership: Are Institutions Ready for Women’s Success?

06/03/2021

Women in Humanitarian Action: Leading in Crisis

06/03/2021

Women in Government: Challenging the Norm

23/02/2021

Empowering Armenian Women from Different Perspectives

20/02/2021

Women Entrepreneurship: Creating Opportunity & Wealth in Communities

06/02/2020

Women at The United Nations: Driving Change Globally