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The Women's Organization of Moldova (WOM) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-commercial and non-political organization. It was started in 1996 and registered as a NGO on 11 July, 1997. WOM has 6 branches located in Chisinau, Hincesti, Tiraspol, Ceadir-Lunga, Straseni and Balti and has 600 members. The organization's goals are to promote democratic values by involving women in the process of democratizing society; upholding and stimulating women's civic initiative and the ensuring the protection of women's and children's civic, economic and social rights.
Past and current activities include:
- Giving seminars and trainings in our 6 branches in women's rights, women in business and NGO development
- Organizing new women's NGOs in the regions of Moldova
- Providing consultations to women with specialists, including lawyers, medical professionals, educators, and psychologists
- Helping orphans with food and clothing and organized cultural events in Chisinau, Hincesti and Tiraspol
- Organizing sports, music, literature clubs for women and children in different regions of Moldova
- Collaborating with different government agencies, including Ministries and local public administration
- Collaborating with different national and international NGOs, and with the Soros and Eurasia Foundations
- Participated in the First Forum of NGOs in Moldova and other international conferences in Minsk, Brasov, and Kiev
- Participating as a member of the Beijing Group (an activity of the Gender in Development project of the UNDP/Moldova) and with the NIS Women's Consortium
- Collaborating with the mass media.
Currently, membership fees and private sponsors support WOM. In 1997, the branches in Hincesti and Tiraspol received short term (6 months) grants from the Eurasia Foundation to help women develop agribusiness in the Hincesti region and create NGOs in the Transdniester region of Moldova.
Last updated: January 1998
A print version of much of the information contained in this NIS Third Sector Organizations section can be found in the The Post-Soviet Handbook (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 1999).