The nature of the organization
Disabled Women Society of Azerbaijan (DWSA) is non-profit organization which was officially registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Azerbaijan on December 11, 1998. “Disabled Women” Society is non-religious, non-racial and non-commercial public association. The organization’s primary mission is to study the problems of the women of all categories (refugees, IDPs etc.), especially focused on women with disabilities rendering them the psychological /legal aid and to assist them closely in the resolution of social problems. DWSA is the member International Disabled Women Network, Azerbaijan Union of Disabled Organizations www.udpo.az, National NGO Forum (www.mqfxeber.az), Azerbaijan Youth Organizations’ National Assembly (www.nayora.az) , Azerbaijan National Coalition on Global Call To the Actions Against Poverty (www.whiteband.org or www.gcap.az) etc.
There are 20 paid staff and 50 volunteers of the organization. The organization has operating service centres for domestic violence (DV) victims in Sumqayıt, Qazakh, Aghstafa, and Ganja regions of the country. In addition the organziation is active in Bilasuvar, Qax, and Aghdam through its regional branches.
DWSA works in close partnership with state institutions like The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population, State Support Council to NGOs under the President, The Ministry of Youth and Sport, Ombudsman Apparatus, State Committee over Family, Women and Child Issues. Abovementioned service centres for DV victims in regions were established through financial support of the State Support Council to NGOs under the President in 2013-2014. DWSA got special accreditation by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population for providing services to the victims of DV in April, 2014. DWSA uses the experts and as well reports of state institutions in its activities.
Target population group of the organziation is women of being the victim of all forms of violence, especially domestic. The organization mainly focuses on women with disabilities who face double violence of being women and being the disabled.