RICW was founded and registered in 1996 by women who work in the Regional Universal Library. It was organized with the belief that newly emerging women's NGOs in Ukraine could become an active part of the democratic changes developing in our society. The organization is primarily concerned with educational issues (workshops, training, seminars), research of the current problems that women of the region have identified: leadership, women's human rights, access to information, domestic violence, etc. RICW creates databases of women's NGO's in the region and on women's issues, develops a collection of materials in traditional form for women region wide. The group plans to become a center of modern informational technologies. We believe that the integration of computing and information networks into women's lives will make us more efficient, more knowledgeable and more competitive.