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Svetlana Aslanyan received her Ph.D. in linguistics from the Institute of Linguistics of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. She is currently working as a Senior Scholar, head a research group and the Scientific Secretary on International Relations at the same Institute. She has published 68 documents, including 2 monographs, 6 dictionaries, and series of scholarly articles. Since 1996, after the Fourth Women Congress in Beijing Dr. Aslanyan has devoted herself to researching the role of women and the problems associated with the Women’ NGOs and Women's Movement in Armenia. She prepared the course entitled "Introduction to Gender: History, Culture and Society. The lectures were delivered and the reader "Gender: History, Culture and Society" was published.
Her current research is: Post Communist Armenia: A woman's Role in Establishing a Democratic Society. She has received IREX Fellowship and Fulbright Senior Fellowship for research projects in the USA. She is founding president of the Center for the Development of Civil Society and its Women Scholars' Council division; in her capacity as NGO President she has organized several training courses for vulnerable groups of women and youth, including refugees and national minorities. She has launched and achieved many initiatives to advance and raise the status of women in Armenia and to guarantee equal rights and opportunities for women and men in this period of reform and transition. She especially support initiatives directed at women and the self-empowerment of women in a growing democracy. Thus she is currently engaged both in theoretical research of women's movement and feminism and practical activity.
She was also served as a Short-Term Observer for the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations’ International Observation Mission during the 2004 Ukrainian Presidential Election.
Her current research is: Post Communist Armenia: A women's Role in Establishing a Democratic Society. It will result in a new book entitled: Women in Post Communist Armenia: Soviet Tradition, Democratic Transition and Future Dreams.


Oksana is a senior researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and president of non-governmental organization Liberal Society Institute in Kiev. She is Ph.D. in Philosophy.
Since 1999 Oksana coordinated twelve projects aimed at women's economic, social and political empowerment at the national and international levels. Oksana focuses on women and economy, women's participation in decision making, women's health, development of institutional mechanisms to ensure gender equality etc. She has developed reports: Monitoring after Beijing: Two Years Later. Social " Economic Status of Ukrainian Women. (Kiev, 1997); Women in Sustainable Development. (Kiev, 1998); Women’s Health in Transition. Implementation of the Cairo ICPD Program of Action in Ukraine. (Kiev, 1999); Beijing+5: Women in Transition Economies. Regional report. (Kiev, 2000); Women's economic empowerment and access to financing and assets in CIS Countries: issues, good practices and policy options. (Geneva, UN ECE, 2004); Women's Health. (Kiev, 2004); Commonwealth of Independent States (Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine) // Beijing Betrayed. Women Worldwide Report that Government Have Failed to Turn the Platform into Action. (New York, WEDO, 2005); Research paper to specify future activities (2007-2009) regarding women's policy activities for regional office Central Europe of the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Warsaw (2006). Oksana had a scholarship at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health. She has developed the women's health module. She teaches women's health at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy School of Public Health now. In 2006 Oksana had a scholarship in Jena University (Germany) within the National University of Kiev-Mohyla Academy and Jena University joined project: "Establishment of Master-Course on German and European Studies". She has developed module "Interest Groups in European Union. The master-course will start in 2008.
Oksana was a speaker at the Multi-Stakeholders Roundtable within UN Financing for Development process (Monterrey, Mexico, 2002), participated at the Major Groups Dialog at the 4th and 5th UN Preparatory Committees of World Summit on Sustainable Development (New York, 2002, Bali, Indonesia, 2002), and World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, South Africa, 2002).

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Kristina graduated from Charles University in Prague (Faculty of Social Sciencies) in 1996. She worked in private sector as executive director of graphic studio (1994-2003). In non-profit sector she cooperated on Communicating Town project (2001-2006). Now Kristina is working as coordinator of International Gender Policy Network. IGPN is a membership based, non-profit, non-governmental organization that has been established in order to strengthen and foster the policy work impact of the women’s movement and to ensure the sustainability of women’s movements in the Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.


Ketevan Mumladze is a Journalist. She has graduated from the Georgian State University. During the working period as a reporter she used to publish articles on social issues. She is involved in Georgian NGO-s activities since 1996. In 2000 she graduated from Journalism Faculty (Academia Istropolitana Nova, Slovakia). Her research project was `Freedom of Media in Slovakia during the Transition Period`. At the present moment she is a Media consultant of Women’s Information Center (WIC). She monitors Georgian print media under the project {Women Empowerment in Georgia through Women’s Structural Capacity Building: We are the CHANGE (stage 1): local action – global impact} with financial support of Kvinna till Kvinna. As a Media Analyst she prepares monthly monitoring reports focused on gender-related and social themes. At the same time she is Chief Specialist in a Media Analyses Department (Chancellery of the Government of Georgia).
She has a working experience with international organizations USAID, EU-TASIS. She received grants of MASHAV Center (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State of Israel, 2204) and Public Affairs Section at the U. S. Embassy in Georgia (2000). She is also a member of Caucasian Association of Journalism Educators.


Reka is the program assistant of the non-governmental organization MONA Foundation for the Women of Hungary. She holds MA degrees in English and German Studies and an MA degree in Gender Studies from Central European University, Budapest. She has experience in conducting research on policy issues from a gender aspect, especially on gender equality and the EU accession, gender and decision-making, social exclusion and violence against women. At MONA Foundation she is responsible for preparing and assisting research and advocacy projects, editing research reports and organizing conferences and workshops. She currently co-ordinates the ALTRA research and socio-educational project, supported by the European Commission’s Daphne II programme, among women and men in prisons about gender-based violence. She is the representative of MONA at a working group at the Ministry of Social and Employment Affairs aiming to implement the goals of the EU’s Gender Equality Roadmap (2006-2010). She took part in writing the Shadow Report accompanying Hungary’s Sixth Periodic Report submitted to the CEDAW Committee in 2007.


Education: Bachelor in Political science, option comparative political science and foreign policy (2002) and Master degree in "National policies and European policies of the EU member states" (University of Paris III, Sorbonne nouvelle 2003 - 2004) and BA diploma in Public administration under preparation in Bulgaria. Works in the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation since 2001 as a researcher and project coordinator. Responsible for research activities and coordination of projects in the field of gender and youth issues, related information campaigns and activities, publishing activities. Experience in the Bulgarian civil society sector and worked for the Institute for Regional and International Studeis (Sofia), a leading Bulgarian think-tank. In the period 2004-2006 participated in advocacy projects, development of advocacy methodology for trainings of civil society organisations. Advocacy trainer at seminars for NGOs and civil society activists in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.