Armenian Young Women’s Association (AYWA) is an Armenian non-governmental organization founded in 2004, which promotes women leadership and social and economic participation in Armenia. AYWA works with young girls and women above 13 years old. AYWA focus is the family: to empower women: Through women to empower children too.
AYWA works in the whole territory of the Republic of Armenia.
Vision: A prospering country of Armenia; sustainable communities and families; human relations based on the national and global values.
AYWA’s strategic goal is to enhance the role of women in the development of the country by promoting their socio-economic and public activism. AYWA’s projects and activities are in compliance with the following strategic directions: 1) women entrepreneurship development, employment and self-employment; 2) public leadership and 3) professional community networking.
AYWA has established and is coordinating Women Entrepreneurs’ Network of Armenia (WENA) which is the biggest platform of the women entrepreneurs throughout Armenia. WENA creates new opportunities for cooperation, networking, empowerment and access to markets for its members.
AYWA works in partnership with the international, local organizations and private sector.
AYWA with WENA are a member of several national, international and European-level organizations and platforms, among them FCEM (Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises Mondiales – World Association of Women Entrepreneurs), WEGate, WED (Women Entrepreneurship Day Organization – a movement acknowledged by the UN), UN Gender Team Group in Armenia coordinated by the World Bank, etc.
Founder President Lilit Asatryan is the FCEM Armenia President, at the same time she is the FCEM Steering Committee member and FCEM Central Asia Commissioner. Lilit Asatryan is also the WED Armenia Ambassador.
AYWA&WENA not only promote social entrepreneurship development in Armenia but also have the social enterprise which is specialized in in tourism-cultural sectors and through which AYWA&WENA promote social-economic development of the communities and employment of women and people from vulnerable groups in Armenia too.
Since 2011, AYWA has established the Women Entrepreneurship Ambassador Award in Armenia with the purpose to acknowledge women entrepreneur role models and to promote women entrepreneurship through the encouragement.
AYWA&WENA not only promote social entrepreneurship development throughout Armenia. At the same time the organization has its social enterprise which is specialized in in tourism-cultural sectors and through which AYWA&WENA promote social-economic development of the communities and employment of women and people from vulnerable groups in Armenia too.
The social enterprise has components of NURIK Tourism Center (https://web.facebook.com/nurikcenter/), rafting on Debed river (https://web.facebook.com/rafting.am/), Armenian herbal LOVE Tea (https://web.facebook.com/LOVETeaArmenia/) production. AYWA &WENA founder Lilit Asatryan has established the mentioned social enterprises under the umbrella of the organization.