On the basis of
Women's Club, which has been operating since 1987, "Hayouhi" Women's
Association was founded in November 1990 and was registered with the
Ministry of Justice in January 1991. It was the first registered
non-governmental organization in Armenia, which considered its mission to raise
women's role in the field of political, economic, public and cultural
life in the process of democratic changes.
programs involved conferences, round tables and seminars on women's issues,
measures to protect women’s copyright, including organization of exhibition of
amateur female-pointer’s works and masters of applied arts, charity concerts,
financial support for single mothers, widows of the fighters for freedom, for
families of 1988 earthquake victims in Gyumri.
The association organized series of seminars on sexual and reproductive
health and rights, as well as a number of seminars on fine arts for senior
school children and students and presented its new publication: “A dictionary
of fine arts terminology” (by Mary Yerznkyan, 1996). It was the first grant awarded to "Hayouhi" Women's Association by NGO Training and Resource Center of Armenian Assembly of America.
1997 the Association reconsidered its Regulation in accordance with the current
Law on non-governmental organizations of the Republic of Armenia. The mission
of the organization was reviewed and a new strategy was developed. The
organization made a decision to focus its activity on promotion of women's and
children's rights. Thus, "Hayouhi" was renamed into Women's Rights
Center and reregistered with the Ministry of Justice in November 1997.