The Center of Women's Studies and Policies (CWSP) is established as a Foundation under the Bulgarian Law on Non-Profit Legal Entities by the Decision of Sofia City Court as of 30 June 2003 (Company File № 5893/2003, tax code 1223126630, BULSTAT 131107154). The Foundation is registered in the Central Registry for public benefit non-profit organizations of the Ministry of Justice under № 20031223056.
The CWSP succeeds the Women's Program of the Open Society Foundation, Sofia. During its existence from 1997 to 2002 (see more) the Program established successful mechanisms for coordination, information exchange and networking with other NGOs addressing women's issues in Bulgaria, and developed a capacity in providing expertise on gender equality issues, which allows the Program to be spun off into an independent NGO.
CWSP continues and enhances the work on women's, gender and equal opportunities issues in Bulgaria and further develops new areas of expertise and activities. It implements its own or joint projects with similar domestic or international organizations.
At national level the CWSP is a member of consultative bodies on gender equality issues to the executive:
Consultative Commission on Equal Opportunities to the Minister of Labour and Social Policy - since 2003;
National Council on Equality between Women and Men to the Government of Bulgaria, representing 21 Bulgarian organizations and networks -since 2006.
The CWSP is a member of several international networks:
CWSP also initiates different partner initiatives, particularly in the Balkan region. As a result of a joint project with Turkish and Romanian partners in October 2004 was created the Balkan Network of Women, aiming at exchange of information and good practices. More about this initiative:
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