the first democratic women organization founded soon after the
Revolution in December 1989, as a result of a necessity for
unification, organization, representation and protection of
women rights in Romania.
AFR was legally established through court decision no. 1243 from
April 26, 1990.
The pragmatic approach to different challenges that Romanian
women face provides the Association with a large audience among
AFR has over 9350 members in Bucharest and in other 20 centres
from all over the country. The Association does not charge fees;
therefore, its funds come from donations, voluntary
contributions of members, implementation of projects and
programs and other various activities.
During its 12 years of existence, AFR - the initiator of the
national women's movement - became a strong bridge among
organizations, committees and associations that are active in
the area of women's rights in Romania.
Between 1990 and 2002, AFR participated to several international
events (conferences, seminars, symposiums, etc.), responding to
invitations from other women organizations in England, Austria,
Belgium, Bosnia, Czech Republic, China, Croatia, Cuba, France,
Germany, Greece, Hungary Israel, Italy, Korea, Lithuania, Moldova, The
Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovacia, Slovenia, Switzerland,
Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Yugoslavia and U.S.A.
Many international delegations have visited AFR, such as: State
Official Delegation from Belarus, Women associations and
charities from Switzerland, an Italian civic organization, a
German College organization, and other organizations from
Bulgaria, Greece, The Netherlands, Yugoslavia, and U.S.A.
Since 1998, AFR has been a part of The Coalition for
Reproductive Rights in Romania, and in 1999 is has been a
founder of The Coalition for the Culture of Peace and
Non-violence in Romania.
AFR is also part of the Federation for Peace and
Cooperation in the Balkans (FEBANKO - Athens, 1996), of Karat –Coalition for
Regional Action, formed of women NGOs from 13
Eastern and Central European countries (Warsaw - 1997) and of
the UNESCO network for distance education "ALADIN - Network
of networks" (Hamburg, 1998.)