UNESCO Center for Women and Peace in the Balkan Countries is a non-governmental non-profit organization managed by the Association of Interbalkan Women's Cooperation Societies.
The Center aims at:
Establishing links of friendship and good understanding among women in the countries of the region through cooperation in common programs and activities;
Promoting the respect of human rights and the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, by actively disseminating the resolutions of the United Nations, by supporting the national machineries for gender equality and the gender mainstreaming initiatives;
Encouraging women's advancement in all sectors (social, political, economic and cultural), their empowerment and their ever increasing participation in development;
Supporting the implementation of the UNESCO strategy aimed at building the Culture of peace.
The Center provides for:
the framework and for the technical capability requested by most of the AIWCS activities,
headquarters and general secretariat ofMediterranean Women's Forum, in accordance with the decisions of the Fourth International Congress of the Mediterranean Women's Forum, in Dubrovnik (June 30 - July 3, 2001) and of its Permanent Commission.
The geographical areacovered by the activity of the UNESCO Center for Women and Peace in the Balkan Countries includes the thirty Mediterranean and Black Sea countries.
Membership is open to all organizations, institutions and private persons interested in developing activities in favor of peace, better understanding and women's advancement.
The main bodies are:
the General Assembly
the Directing Board including the representatives of the seven Committees, bringing together outstanding female professionals, in the following fields:
Economic Development, Environmental Protection, Education, Culture, Health care, International Relationships and Rural Development.
Their mission is to propose, to assess, to select for completion the projects and to coordinate the task forces undertaking their implementation.