Initiatives

Our work

Since inception, EED has supported over 600 initiatives aimed at promoting democracy in the EU neighbourhood and beyond. This database provides an insight into the work of EED partners over the years. However, due to the sensitive nature of certain initiatives and personal security risks facing some grantees in the restrictive environments where they operate, not all initiatives are listed in the database.

  • Right Side Human Rights Defender NGO

    Country: Armenia

    The only trans-led organisation in the South Caucasus, Right Side is raising public awareness of transgender issues. Thanks to EED’s support, they have managed to maintain a safe space for the community, did advocacy work for equal rights and provided legal and psychological support to more than 370 beneficiaries. They also use strategic litigation to adopt trans-inclusive legislation: they have succeeded in making changes in the field of legal name changes for transgender people and contributed to a recently-adopted law criminalizing hate speech in Armenia.

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  • FemHouse NGO

    Country: Armenia

    FemHouse has managed to create a vibrant hub for activist movements in Yerevan, including a feminist library and a small café. They organise reading clubs, lectures, exhibitions and performances to spark discussion on feminism and other sensitive issues. However, they have been victims of threats and intimidation from far-right groups, which forced them to leave their office and relocate more than once. EED funding is contributing to emergency relocation costs, rent and operational expenses.

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  • Women’s Rights House NGO

    Country: Armenia

    Women’s Rights House is a grassroots NGO based in Gyumri, Armenia, whose goal is to support the development of women leaders in Shirak region, the country’s most disadvantaged region. With EED’s support, Women’s Rights House is continuing to develop as a vibrant hub for women within the region. Activities include conducting capacity-building workshops on issues such as leadership, civic activism, art and activism, human rights, and politics, holding public meetings with well-known figures, and continuing to provide a self-support group to help women activists become involved in the decision-making processes in their communities.

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  • Sexual Assault Crisis Centre

    Country: Armenia

    Gender inequality and sexual violence has become a prevalent issue in Armenia, particularly given the absence of state mechanisms to protect victims. The Sexual Assault Crisis Centre (SACC), is an organisation that aims to change the discriminatory narrative, attitudes and behaviour among state and non-state actors, as well as among the public, towards sexual violence in Armenia through awareness-raising activities. It also aims to help establish better response mechanisms locally and on the state level, as well as to address the issue through extensive capacity-building trainings for regional NGOs.

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  • Restart Student-Civic Initiative

    Country: Armenia

    Restart is a student movement that emerged during the Armenian revolution in 2018 and played a significant role in mobilising and coordinating the youth both during and after the revolution. They have become a driving force for education reform and anti-corruption efforts in Armenia through their innovative approaches. Their work includes representing students’ interests in policymaking and reform processes, organising discussions and offering scholarships for student researchers. With EED’s support Restart will build on their activities and develop their financing strategy to become self-sustainable.

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  • Fourth Power NGO

    Country: Armenia

    With EED’s support, ‘Fourth Power’ a previously well-known Armenian print newspaper will relaunch, this time disseminating their news and opinion pieces through an online portal. The media landscape in Armenia’s post-revolutionary context has come to reflect the increasingly polarised views in society. ‘Fourth Power’ will inject an alternative narrative by providing Armenians who supported the 2018 revolution but are critical towards the policies of the current Pashinyan government a platform to amplify their voices and further public debate on crucial issues.

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  • Civic and journalistic monitoring in closed institutions

    Country: Armenia

    Journalists for Human Rights NGO shed light on violations that occur within military institutions in Armenia by producing investigative articles. They also provide victims of human rights abuses within the armed forces and other closed institutions with support by providing them with information about their rights and defending them upon request. EED’s support will enable the NGO to continue operating.

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  • Journalists for Human Rights NGO

    Country: Armenia

    Journalists for Human Rights NGO shed light on violations that occur within military institutions in Armenia by producing investigative articles.

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  • Supporting the Democratic Transition of Armenia through Institutionalized Expertise

    Country: Armenia

    In the wake of the Velvet Revolution, there has been an increasing need to foster public dialogue in Armenia. The Armenian Research Centre in Humanities’ (ARCH) initiative aims to support the democratic transition in Armenia by forging a space for policy dialogue amongst diverse stakeholders. The ARCH will become a hub that brings together government, civil society, academics, SMEs and the broader public to have discussions on issues of importance to Armenia’s future.

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  • In the name of free media

    Country: Armenia

    A1 plus, the first independent television company in Armenia, will receive an EED grant that allows the outlet to continue producing video and written news and analysis through a wide of media channels.

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