The Feminist Orientation Center
(FOC) was registered as a non-governmental non-profit organization in July
7, 1993 by the Justice Administration of Moscow.
Its registration number is 2646.
Contact person: Marina Liborakina, the
tel./fax: 7 (095) 395-5864;
|In order to provide an ongoing forum for public education, research
and training, the Feminist Orientation Center was established by a group
of young scholars and practitioners. Registered as a non-governmental non-profit
organization in May 1993, the Center began as an informal women's group
in 1991. Its Research Unit works under the auspices of the Russian Institute
for Cultural Research. The Center Director is Dr. Marina Liborakina.
Believing that the development of a civil society includes actions aimed
at overcoming discrimination against women, Center staff conduct both applied
research and training with an emphasis on two topical areas:
1. Women's Empowerment. Training and Consciousness-Raising Activities:
- Self-confidence training and "The Talking Body" training
project (1992-1993). These courses were also carried out for the participants
of the Second Independent Women's Forum in Dubna (1992).
- "Arts Against Violence", a cultural events series, including
a workshop given at the NGO Forum of the IV World Women's Conference in
Beijing, conducted jointly with the Information Center of the Independent
Women's Forum (1994-95).
- Research: Study on Women's Everyday Life (1991-1992) ; "Finnish-Russian
Body Project," based on collective memory work (1992-1993); "Sexism
and Image-Making in Politics (1993); "Women's Empowerment: the Russian
Experience" (the MacArthur Foundation sponsored a book by Dr.Liborakina)
2. Civil Society Development:
- "Management and Fundraising for Cultural Projects" seminar
- "Effective Management of Non-Commercial Organization Regional
Seminar Series (Tomsk, Cheliabinsk, Ekaterinburg, Vladivostok). Together
with IREX, FOC co-administered this Eurasia Foundation-sponsored project,
with funding from USAID (1994-1995);
- "The Development of A Network for NGO Support." FOC administered
this NGO leadership training program which resulted in the production of
a book, "Civil Initiatives and Russia's Future," co-authored
via e-mail by twenty activists from seven cities. The project was sponsored
by USAID through the Eurasia Foundation (1996-1997).