for Rational Development
Women for Development, Development for Women!
Women’s Association for Rational Development (further WARD) was created in 2002 by a group of active women, who were united with the MISSION to contribute to the development of Azerbaijan through women’s empowerment and equal participation. WARD is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit women’s organization, which was registered by the Ministry of Justice in 2005.
WARD’s mission is based on the faith that full democracy, justice and development cannot be reached if there is any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of gender, age, religion, ethnicity and affiliation. WARD is struggling against any kind of discrimination and violence.
WARD’s vision is democratic and prosperous Azerbaijan, where women are empowered with knowledge & consciousness to be equal & active citizens of the country.
WARD’s goal is empowering women and promoting gender equality in Azerbaijan.
The team of WARD includes founders, members, staff-members, activists, supporters, volunteers of WARD, gathered on the basis of common goals and interests.
WARD has 23 members (with quite strict membership criteria), which form the General Assembly (GA) of WARD – a supreme decision-making body, which is gathers once a year (usually held on the 3-rd week of every December) to evaluate the activity of the organization and discuss the yearly plan. All the members of the organization have a right to take part in the GA, vote, make suggestions and take part in the decision-making process of any current point of the WARD. The amendments to the Organizational charter and structure can be made only if at least 2/3 of all the members are present at the Assembly. Every three years, the GA elects chairwoman, MB members and CRC (Control Revision Commission) members as well as adopts the Plan of Action for next 3 years, which also requires 2/3 of the members’ presence.
Chairwoman – Daily activities of the organization as well as the supervision of the ongoing programmes is run and managed by the chairwoman of the organization, who has the authority to make decisions, supervise the work of departments, coordinate the work of programmes, represent the organization on national and international events, make proposals, sign the contracts, make financial operations, conduct lobbying and advocacy work, contributes to the fundraising process, etc.
The Management Board (MB) is a supreme Policy & Decision-Making Body between the periods of GA. All the issues, which require careful analysis and can influence the organization’s policy, activities, standpoint and reputation, are discussed on the meetings of MB. The decisions are made by a simple majority of votes among the members of MB. In addition to the ongoing activities of WARD, MB decides about the policy and standpoint of WARD to participate in any kind of joint actions, campaigns of other networks. The MB approves the applications for the membership and makes decision on its liquidation. The members of MB receive the list of issues to be discussed as well as information about the applier to membership, drafts of projects and any other materials which need to be discussed – at least 1 week prior to the meeting.
Control Revision Commission – the members of CRC are notified about every meeting of MB at least 1 week in advance. They have the right to participate in the meetings of MB without voting right. The CRC has the right to monitor and control the activities of the organization in general and departments in particular. The CRC make the independent internal monitoring of the ongoing projects/programmes and have the access to the financial information of the organization. The CRC prepares annual internal reports at the end of every year, the summary of the report is submitted to all the members to the General Assembly session.
Departments – 10 thematic and functional departments perform the interlinked and multifunctional activities within WARD. The main directions of activities, consisting of various methods and approaches, include: education, research, monitoring, protection and advocacy. The decision within the Department’s everyday work can be made by the head of the Department, who is appointed by MB every 3 years. However, all decisions, which may influence the policy and standpoint of WARD require the approval of MB.
WARD has the Action Plan, which is approved by GA once in 3 years. The current Action Plan of WARD has 4 programs in priority:
Using innovative and creative approaches for making social impact, WARD is engaged in:
for the implementation of all 4 Priority Programs.
WARD has elaborated the PASSWORD – the code of values, principles and features, leading to success, that is Positivism (P), Accessibility (A), Skills (S), Solidarity (S), Wisdom (W), Objectivity (O), Responsibility (R), Dedication (D).
As a result, WARD managed to gain the main asset – the Honest and Positive Reputation of the organization, due to which WARD has constructive cooperative relations with other non-governmental organizations, state agencies, academic institutions, mass media outlets, business institutions, international organizations, diplomatic corps, and foundations.
WARD has extensive human resources:
WARD participates, joins, and supports numerous national and international events, actions, and campaigns through which it is possible to contribute to women’s empowerment. Currently, WARD coordinates/manages:
WARD is an official member/partner of:
WARD is the initiator of dozens of “FIRST” initiatives, among which is the establishment of the first Maternity School in Azerbaijan (2007), establishment of the first Women’s Resource Center (2007), formation of Gender Expert Group (2010), establishment of the first Women’s Parliament in Azerbaijan (2010), creation of Women Councils at Municipalities (2011), elaboration and production of the “Gender and Management” 8-book Resource Pack for NGOs (2010, re-published in 2017), establishment of the first gender-profiled commercial organization “Gender Port” (2014), establishment of Gender School (2017), etc.
In the period of 2002-2018 WARD had 75,000 targeted people and 456,000 direct beneficiaries. The overview of 2002-2018 has the following factsheet:
Address: Afiyeddin Jalilov str. 26, apt.98
AZ1025, Baku, Azerbaijan
Tel/fax: (+994 12) 490 40 44/408 40 44
Cell: (+99450) 760 40 44, (+994 55) 868 40 44
Head: Shahla Ismayil (charwoman)
Cell: (+994 50) 630 99 36