AFR organized a Round Table in the
SOCRATES / GRUNDTVIG 2 program
"Within the program SOCRATES / GRUNDTVIG 2, Romanian Women's
Association organized at its office a Round Table, on the 2nd of
July at 10.30 a.m., and we invited there our partners from
Italy, Scotland and Hungary.
This was a good opportunity for sharing our experiences and for
planning new projects that will be able to create, based on a
positive approach of cultural differences, a united and yet
After the Round Table, our partners visited, between
2-6.06.2002, places like Bucharest, Craiova and Campina
(Provita), where they had the chance to meet representatives of
the civil society, local authorities and media representatives,
who were extremelly interested in knowing more about this
European project. Also, our partners were happy to find out more
about the Romanian reality and about the multicultural life in
You will find a detailed presentation of this event on our
web-page www.afr.ro as soon as possible
within the programme Grundtvig 2 "MARTISOR 2002"
The A.F.R project “Different cultures can make a united Europe”,
a multi-cultural project of European cooperation (Spain, Italy,
U.K., Hungary and Romania)
The Women’s Association of Romania, in collaboration with the
Regional Centre for Permanent Training for the Local Public
Administration Craiova ( CRAIFOR) organizes within the programme
Socrates Grundtvig 2 (Learning Partnerships) in Craiova, between
7-8 March 2002 the event "MARTISOR 2002" that will
include the following:
-a training programme on “Conflict management – strategies for
solving local inter-ethnic conflicts”, on March 7, 2002,
starting with 10.00 a.m., at the premises of the Regional
Centre. The seminar will be attended by 15-18 trainees
representing minorities from the area of Craiova. The seminar
will be held by the consultant-expert Ms. Rodica Bombonica Dudau
On March 8, 2002
- a traditional craft objects exhibition with traditional
objects from the Greek, Albanian, Bulgarian, German and Rroma
communities from the area of Oltenia;
- a gastronomic exhibition with specific products of various
minorities from the area;
- a festive meeting organised with the occasion of the 8th
of March by the County Council of Dolj and the Regional Centre
Craiova for women.
We mention that the events will also be attended by
representatives of the local mass media and local authorities
(County Council, Prefecture of the Dolj County and the Town Hall
Information on the event and participation at phone/fax
40-1-315.98.59, e-mai email@example.com mobile 094-561.431
Liliana Pagu, was invited at the presidium
of the European Conference for minorities and people's rights
European Conference for minorities and people's rights took
place in Athena (Greece), between 20-23 of June, 2002. The main
theme of the Conference was "Economic Development in the
Balkans", an important factor in solving the problems which
minorities have to deal with.
The Conference was orgenized by FEBANGO (The Federation for
Peace and Cooperation of NGOs in the Balkans), with the support
of the Greek organization for "Balkanic Cooperation" and with
the financial support of the Athenian Commerce Chamber and of
the Greek Ministry for Development.
The participants from Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Greece,
Macedonia, R.Moldova, Romania and Serbia creted together a
common strategy for development and cooperation in the Balkans,
based on the new economic and social European approach.
The delegation from Romania that participated at the Conference
was made of the associations - members of Febango (The Alliance
for Peace from Romania, Romanian Women's Association, Vlachian
Teenagers - Targoviste and Great Hopes - Bacau) and of business
people and representatives of the Romanian young persons.
The president of the Romanian Women's Association, Mrs. Liliana
Pagu, was invited at the presidium of the conference to debate
Relevant measures to be taken in order to build trust and
consolidate peace and reconstruction through cooperation in the
business area in the Balkans.
She also gave a speach during the workshop regarding the new
conditions on the market caused by unemployment and migration
out of economic reasons.
A extract of this speech may be read on the web-page -
Liliana Pagu, the militant - and you can
obtain more information on this issue at your request."
APPEAL - AFR
had to leave its offices in Calea Victoriei
Women’s Association of Romania (AFR) announces that,
after 12 years of activity, and in the middle of carrying out
important projects with international participation, was forced
to stop its activities at its offices in 135 Calea Victoriei, 3rd
floor, room 20-21, sector 1.
The entire space is un functional, lacking lighting, heating and
All the organisations, associations and other institutions in
this building are currently being evacuated. Having faith in the
solidarity of the civil society, AFR appeals to all those who
can offer solutions for solving this situation, to contact us by
phone / fax no. 01.315.98.59, cellular phone 094-561.431 or
Our new postal address is Post Office 37, PO Box 80. Thank you!
COORDINATES THE PROJECT “CULTURAL DIFFERENCES CAN MAKE A UNITED
Women’s Association of Romania
(AFR) is carrying out the project “Cultural Differences can make
a United Europe” within the framework of Grundtvig 2 Programme
“Learning Partnerships”. The project, which is envisaged to be
finalised on July 31st, 2002, aims at:
- raising the level of knowledge and skills of the participants
in adult training, communication and ethnic tolerance in
- Supporting the participants to transfer newly achieved
knowledge in their activities, as well as to apply their
abilities regarding life in multi-cultural communities
- increasing cooperation between different cultural and
educational organisations from different regions of Europe.
The coordinator of the project is the Women’s Association of
Romania and its partners are:
- Edinburgh's Telford College UK (SCOTLAND)
- Interlink (Italy)
- PALPUT S.L (SPAIN)
- Kodolany Janos Foiskola (HUNGARY)
COLLABORATING ORGANISATIONS FROM ROMANIA
- CORDIAL, Adjud, Vrancea
- CRAIFOR, Craiova, Oltenia
- ALLIANCE FOR PEACE ROMANIA, Tirgoviste, Dimbovita
The project is registered under no. 01-62-36-B-RO and is being
supported by the NATIONAL SOCRATES AGENCY IN ROMANIA, through
contract no. 8110 of 09/11/01.
Other institutions or organisations willing to get involved into
the project are invited to participate!
For more details, please visit the “programmes” page of our web
AFR HAS PARTICIPATED, ON OCTOBER 4-6, TO THE CONFERENCE “SCIENCE
FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT” IN SLOVENIA
FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT'' is the title of the International
Conference organised on October 4-6 in Maribor, Slovenia, which
highlighted the importance of regional cooperation in
South-Eastern Europe, in the context of European Integration.
The event was organised by the Austrian Institute for Studies in
South Eastern Europe, in collaboration with the International
Humanist League, and under the auspices and with the financial
support of the Regional UNESCO Office for Europe.
Romania was represented by Liliana Pagu, president of the
Women’s Association of Romania, vice-president of the
Alliance for Peace, who, in her intervention, highlighted the
availability of the Romanian civil society for regional
cooperation, in the spirit of a Culture of Peace and
Non-violence. Recent results obtained by AFR were also
presented, like the successful finalisation of the two regional
projects “Harmony in the Balkans” and “A New Common Future”,
occasions with which the bases were set for a regional alliance
of women’s organisations, in view of promoting an adequate
status of the woman in the region.
During the videoconference organised, the president of AFR,
Liliana Pagu, received from New York the warm salute of Dr.
Colette Mazucelli, prestigious international expert, who
recommended the women in Romania to continue the activities of
national and regional liaison.
At the premises of A.F.R. in 135, Calea Victoriei, English
language training sessions (for beginners) will be organised by
the National Association of Young Christian Women in Romania
(ANTFCR) within the program "One more chance"'.
The training sessions are designed for women over 30, and will
be held between September 20 - December 20, 2001 (6 hours per
week).The participation fee is of 4 US$ /month.
Registrations are made at the premises of ANTFCR, 253, Calea
Mosilor, bl.53, et.8, ap.30, sector 2, Bucharest, no later than
September 15, this year. For additional information, call 619 07
91 or send an email
A NEW COMMON FUTURE
ASSOCIATION OF ROMANIA (AFR) organizes in August 6-9, 2001 in
Timisoara, Romania, at Hotel 2000, a meeting of women leaders
from Romania and F.R. Yugoslavia. The meeting is organised under
the project "A New Common Future", undertaken by AFR between May
16 - August 16, in partnership with the Serbian organization
"Business Women Club" from KIKINDA.
The AFR project is developed under the framework of the program
Regional Partnership for Democracy, financially supported by
America's Development Foundation, USAID. The meeting wishes to
be a mutual information regarding the adequate status of women
from the two neighbouring countries.Another objective of the
project "A new common future" developed by A.F.R., in
collaboration with the Euro-regional Centre for Democracy from
Timisoara and the Serbian organization "Business Women Club"
from Kikinda (FRY), is to create a comprehensive database of
Romanian and Yugoslavian women NGOs.
The project "A New Common Future" sets at the disposal of the
women movements from the two countries, a web site promoting
common activities, projects and programs implemented for the
benefit of women from both countries.Through the development of
these services, A.F.R.'s project facilitates the improvement of
communication between the women movements in the two countries,
which would lead to the establishment of new relations between
A.F.R. invites all women NGOs to participate to this project,
which gives the chance for a fluent and fast exchange of
information between organisations in Romania and F.R. Yugoslavia
and for the creation of new projects in regional
partnerships.Additional information: (01) 315-9859, mobile
094-561.431,and materials may be faxed at (01) 315-9859, or sent
by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or
mail: prioripost Bucharest, O.P.37,C.P.80 sector 2, or at A.F.R.
premises in Calea Victoriei 135, et. 3, room 20-21, between
11.30 - 16.30 hrs., with a previous phone call (01 650 27 95).
AFR OFFERS TO
THOSE INTERESTED ITS MEETING ROOM FOR TRAINING SESSIONS AND
The Women's Association of Romania offers, starting with
October 1st, its specially arranged meeting room for training
sessions, workshops etc. The room can host up to 20 participants
and its location is central. Besides these services, AFR can
offer other services like folding, binding and production of
promotional materials at very advantageous prices.Additional
information can be obtained at phone / fax 315-9859 or e-mail
A.F.R. announces a competition for collaborators:1. Person with
good knowledge of English and Russian, with solid computer
operating knowledge, good communication abilities and
international relations. 2. Person with good knowledge of
Serbian and English, with good computer skills and communication
abilities.Send letter of intention and CV by fax: 315.98.59 or
e-mail email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A.F.R. announces the possibility
to obtain a 2-months scholarship to Israel for a young woman
with good knowledge of English, involved in the activity of a
women's organisation and willing to become actively involved in
A.F.R.'s activities.More information after July 23rd, but until
that date please send letter of intention and CV by fax
315.98.59 or e-mail email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Conference of the Karat Coalition in St.
On 18-22 July this year, the Conference of the Karat Coalition
(women NGOs from 11 Central and Eastern European Countries) will
take place in St. Petersburg, and the Women's Association of
Romania is invited to participate, as founding member. The
president of AFR, Liliana Pagu, will participate, who was also
the former national coordinator of this program between 1997 and
"Women from Romania in a multi-cultural society" was presented
at the International Seminar for Democracy and Human Rights in
Between 2-6 July 2001, the 4th
"International Seminar for Democracy and Human Rights in
Multi-Ethnic Societies" took place in Konjic, Bosnia-
Hertegovina, organised by the Institute for Strengthening
Democracy in Bosnia. The very diverse thematic of the seminar
has hosted interesting presentations, at the same time offering
the possibility for a better knowledge on the situation in the
Balkans and the problems faced by this region.
From Romania, papers were presented by Ms. Liliana Pagu,
president of AFR, within the section "Women and Democracy" and
Mr. Razvan Maties, Cluj, within the section "World of
Minorities". Romania's participation was received with interest
and very well appreciated. The study "Women from Romania in a
multi-cultural society" will be soon available in translation on
the web site of AFR.
of the Women's Association in Azerbaijan undertook a visit to
Romania, at the invitation of AFR
At the request of the Romanian Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan,
A.F.R. has invited Prof. Dr. Zemfira Verdyeva, the president of
the Women's Association in Azerbaijan to visit Romania, in order
to start a collaboration with A.F.R. in view of developing
common projects.The president of the Women's Association in
Azerbaijan responded the invitation during July 9-13 this year,
when she met the Board of A.F.R.
With this occasion, she has also met the participants to the
A.F.R. program "Help me help you", registered at the training
sessions for home care-takers for elderly. Ms. Zemfira Verdyeva
has positively appreciated the initiative of A.F.R. and wished
the trainees success in their noble mission to support the
The Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Bucharest, His
Excellency Dr. Eladar Hasanov has expressed his interest to get
better acquainted with the activity of the first women's
organisation in Romania and, with this purpose, invited Ms.
Liliana Pagu, president of A.F.R. for a meeting at the premises
of the Embassy in Bucharest. Finally, an invitation for the
following year was launched to the president of A.F.R. who would
visit Baku with the purpose of signing a collaboration protocol
for the initiation of a first joint project.
to the International Symposium of Women-Leaders from Haifa,
Between 3-8 June 2001, in Haifa, Israel, the International
Symposium of Women-Leaders took place, focusing on the their
impact on the socio-economic development of the world. The event
was organised by "The Golda Meir Mount Carmel International
Training Centre''- MCTC, within the international cooperation
program implemented by MASHAV-Centre for Development of
International Cooperation Relations of the Foreign Affairs
Ministry in Israel. Female representatives of decision-making
structures from 41 countries were invited to participate.
From Romania, Ms. Liliana Pagu, president of the Women's
Association of Romania and vice president of the Alliance for
Peace Romania was invited. The Symposium created new facilities
through the exchange of experience realised, which opened the
way for new collaborations, through establishing a network of
women-leaders in the whole world.
AFR is establishing a database with NGOs from
Romania and Yugoslavia
The Women's Association of Romania, in collaboration with the
Euro-Regional Centre for Democracy, Timisoara, and the
organisation Distrikt 0320 from Kikinda, F.R.Yugoslavia
undertakes, with the support of America's Development
Foundation, the program "A New Common Future for Women in
Romania and F.R. Yugoslavia". This program aims at facilitating
the improvement of communication between women's movements from
the two countries, through developing services that would lead
to the creation of new ties between the organisations in the two
countries, and to the elaboration of joint programs for the
benefit of women in Romania and F.R. Yugoslavia.
One first step in pursuing this objective is the creation of a
database including organisations from both countries, active in
the area of women movement. If you consider yourself a
representative organisation in this sense, please contact AFR at
phone 01 315 98 59 or e-mail:
email@example.com to be included in this database.
Data provided are useful for a more fluent and rapid exchange of
information between the organisations in Romania and F.R.
Yugoslavia, this fact being potentially beneficial for your
organisation, as it would significantly shorten the necessary
time to search for and meet new partners when regional
partnership projects are being launched (which is one very
significant issue, considering the current context in which most
donors encourage this type of projects).
AFR organizes meeting with leaders of
women organisations from Yugoslavia
The Women's Association of Romania undertakes between May 16 -
August 16 this year the project "A New Common Future" -
information meeting regarding the adequate status of women in
F.R. Yugoslavia and Romania. This project is developed under the
program of Regional Partnership for Democracy, financially
supported by America's Development Foundation.
In this sense, AFR. Will organise in Timisoara, between 28-31
July this year a meeting to which 10 leaders of the most active
women NGOs from the two countries will participate. AFR requests
women NGOs from Romania to make nominations (1 person per NGO)
for potential participants to the meeting with Serbian partners.
Transportation, accommodation and meals will be supported by
AFR. The works will be held in English (at request, translation
can also be provided).
To apply, please send to AFR no later than June 28 this year,
the following documents: letter of intention from the
organisation, signed and stamped, presentation of the
organisation (statutes, act of establishment, projects and
programs etc); recommendation of the person who will
participate; acceptance of this person, signed and a CV). The
materials will be sent by fax (01 315 98 59) or e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail -
prioripost Bucharest, Post Office 22 PO Box. 214, or at the
premises of A.F.R from Calea Victoriei 135, et.3, room 20-21,
between 11.30-16.30 hrs., with a previous phone call (01 650 27
AFR participated to the conference
"Communities in Crisis Situations"
Between 20-24 June 2001, the 6th international conference for
Health and Human Rights took place in Cavtat (Croatia), being
organised by the International Society for Health and Human
Rights (ISHHR). The conference had as main theme "Communities in
Crisis Situations" - Resources for community reconstruction.
The conference embraced topics of large interest, like: truth,
justice and social reconstruction, women and violence,
communities in exile, community approaches in crisis situations
in different regions of the world.
The conference enjoyed the participation of 45 countries from
all the continents. Romania was represented by the president of
the Women's Association of Romania (AFR), Ms. Liliana Pagu.
Additional information at phone / fax: 315-98.59 or e-mail: