Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment (AWHHE) is a non – governmental organization (NGO) and a national network of focal points working for sustainable development, protection of human health and the environment and poverty reduction in close partnership with international environmental and health networks such as Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), Women for Water Partnership (WfWP), International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), Global Anti-Incineration Alliance (GAIA), Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe) and Health Environment Alliance (HEAL).
The AWHHE NGO was founded in 1999. The mission of AWHHE is to explore the issues of environment pollution in Armenia, to advocate the human right to live in a healthy environment, to promote the reduction of health risks from environmental pollution and hazards, including climate change, as well to promote healthy lifestyles focusing especially on children and women. Particularly, the concern for health and safety of children and future generation is an important motivation for women to become catalysts for bringing about positive change.
AWHHE promotes the solution of the problems related to health and the environment through education and information campaigns on awareness-raising about the environmental health threats and social injustice related to the environmental pollution; provides independent monitoring and investigations on water supply management and other related issues; lobbies the decision-makers to make sound solutions; contributes to capacity building of rural communities; strengthens the participation of women in decision making at local and national levels; publishes popular-scientific articles; creates information materials, organizes and participates in international and national conferences and forums.
AWHHE works towards 3 long-term goals to reach the overarching goal, i.e. to contribute to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals 1, 3, 7 aimed at promoting poverty eradication and sustainable development in rural areas.
Safe Chemicals for all
Contribute to the implementation of Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Armenia.
Safe water and sanitation for all
Contribute to the implementation of the UNECE/WHO Protocol on Water and Health in Armenia; reduction of health risks associated with water contamination through improvement of water supply system and construction of ecological sanitation toilets in schools and for households.
Safe food production and rural development for all
Support the organic farming and the usage of safe alternatives to pesticides.
Promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women
Increase balanced participation of women and men in policy making and empowering women.