The UNION OF WOMEN ASSOCIATIONS OF HERAKLION PREFECTURE (UWAH), is an NGO, established in 2000, that belongs to the Voluntary Non Governmental Organizations, and operates at Heraklion Municipality, Crete. It is an organization for women’s and children's rights; while it also promotes culture and civilization. It has been recently certified for its counselling services under the ISO 9001:2015 protocol. It operates a 24/7 emergency telephone line, a Shelter for women victims of domestic violence, a Counselling Centre, and a Homeless Unit to provide an array of social services for people victims of economic crisis.
UWAH is working in close collaboration with like-minded organisations in Greece and Europe (Cyprus, Italy, Austria, Norway, Estonia, UK, Iceland) and participates in national and international networks for the protections and promotion of Human Rights (EUROCHILD, Anna Lindh Foundation, WAVE Network, WWP EN). Moreover, UWAH is cooperating closely with local institutions (Authorities, Police, Universities), as well as governmental institutions. UWAH is a member of the Regional Council for Gender Equality in the Region of Crete and is a dialogue partner of the General Secretariat for Gender Equality.