We For Civil Equality (WFCE) NGO launched its activities in 2003 as an initiative group and was officially registered in July 2006. WFCE is a non-profit, non-governmental, community-based organization. Throughout the 11 years of its activities, WFCE overcame a range of difficulties and obstacles, being able to implement successfully a number of strategically important programs. Over the past 11 years, the Human Rights movement has witnessed wins that an earlier generation would have thought impossible: from the decriminalization to the first ever nationwide popular coming out. The movement maintained significant assets, which it has been able to leverage for real progress, including engaged donors and funders, strong national organization, strong and mobilized community, influential leaders across a variety of sectors. We started as an initiative group with a few people called “WE” in 2003 and registered as a “We for Civil Equality”. Now, 11 years later, due to our though efforts, we composed of hundreds of people representing different faces and identities. We did not save any effort to unite these all communities together to make us strong together. After 11 years of activism, we continue to pile up our professionalism, expertise ourselves by learning from own and others’ experiences and proudly become a group of people who serve as a voice of minorities and experts of different issues for watchdog organizations such as.
EQUITAS International Center for Human rights Education
Council of Europe and European Union
Human Rights Defender Staff of RA
We and our international partners are co-founders and board member of South Caucasus Network on HIV. Our Youth Division representatives are honored to be re-elected as IGLYO board and MSMGF Youth Reference Group members since 2009. In addition, WFCE became a resource organization for 81 other NGOs and initiative groups during last years to share our experience and knowledge by supporting them to grow up strong organizations. Strategically, these assets have been deployed with a laser-like focus to address specific policy and legislative wins. As a result, there is a sustainable growth in capacity, leadership, and bench strength in groups and regions based on location, activities, and focus of the work. We realize that we are unable to work towards our vision without support from our communities that we represent, without number of volunteers and various donor organizations. WFCE is actively cooperating with government institutions, civil society and mass media at national, regional and international levels. As a community run organization since 2003, WFCE has developed a vibrant listserv, a website and a number of educational and advocacy projects that leveraged the relationships and partnerships our members brought to WFCE. The work undertaken by WFCE through different initiatives and committees is intended to ensure that the following objectives remain central to how we do our work: Equity - WFCE works collaboratively through partnerships to address disparities experienced by communities which are further marginalized by oppression such as racism, sexism, ableism and classism. WFCE works toward increasing access, equity and inclusion, supports and social services. Networking - through the exchange of information, resources and opportunities for collaboration, WFCE strives to create and sustain an accessible, inclusive network of volunteers committed to promoting health, equality, human rights and wellness. Education - WFCE acts as a resource to health, social, legal, psychological, recreation, business and other type service providers, community groups, researchers and academics. Through a variety of initiatives, public education resources are produced and made available, along with providing education and training to service providers and other professionals. Advocacy - WFCE advocates with government, agencies and the public on initiatives regarding SOGIE diversity needs, strengths and priorities of communities.