Use of the terms “gender” and “gender equality” in Armenia’s new law equal rights stirred major discontent among those believing that the ambiguity of the words set a legal ground for gradual destruction of Armenian families. Pressured by public criticism and the concerns expressed by the Armenian Apostolic Church, the government has replaced “gender” by “equal rights and equal opportunities for men and women”.
Christians against People’s Numbering union leader Khachik Stamboltsyan interprets the notion of gender as implying “socially consolidated acquired behavior”, meaning “a man that... Read more
This report provides information on political parties in Armenia. It examines the internal functioning and structure of the political parties, as well as the external regulations and environment which shape their work. Read more
U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch made a case for a greater involvement of women in Armenia’s political life, saying that is a necessary condition for democratization and the rule of law.
Yovanovitch said political and economic reforms in the country will not produce desired results as long as Armenian women remain underrepresented in all branches of government and political structures. “Political systems in which women take leadership roles in politics and in government have lower levels of corruption,” she said.
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Public opinion polls show 46.6% of respondents believe Armenian women are discriminated, while 41.1% disagree with this opinion, said head of Caucasus Research Center. Presenting a “Survey on Gender Dimension of Civic and Political Participation in Armenia” Hovhannes Hovhannisyan said research was conducted last year among 1,200 residents of
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Public opinion polls show 46.6% of respondents believe Armenian women are discriminated, while 41.1% disagree with this opinion, said head of Caucasus Research Center while presenting a “Survey on Gender Dimension of Civic and Political Participation in Armenia”.
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Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan calls on all political forces to include more women in the list of candidates standing for parliamentary election. At Friday session the government adopted strategic program of gender policy for 2011-2015 providing for increase in number of women in executive and legislative branches to 30%. Premier Sargsyan also said that hearings and debates will be organized in the parliament.
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A group of women intelligentsia has initiated a daily silent sit-in at Yerevan’s central Liberty Square, which according to its organizers, is the logical continuation of Heritage Party leader Raffi Hovannisian’s 15-day hunger strike staged in the same location last month.
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Armenian Government approved the bill on Securing Equal Rights and Equal Opportunities for Men and Women in the Thursday session to be discussed in the Parliament on second reading.
The bill was elaborated within the framework of the European Neighborhood Policy securing Armenia’s obligations fulfillment. Besides, the bill aims to the implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women, documents on the gender equality, the UN Millennium Development Goals' demands as well as obligations fulfillment... Read more
On December 21, the presentation of the “Participation for Change” book and a roundtable on research findings were held, with representatives of political parties, NGOs, research and scientific centers and mass media attending.
Research revealed data which came to prove that the increase of number of female MPs in the would lead to a higher level of consideration and attention towards issues relating to women, children and vulnerable layers of population, social and healthcare problems, as well as to the humanization of politics and decision-making processes.
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U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch made a case for a greater involvement of women in Armenia's political life on Wednesday, saying that is a necessary condition for democratization and the rule of law. Yovanovitch said political and economic reforms in the country will not produce desired results as long as Armenian women remain underrepresented in all branches of government and political structures. “Political systems in which women take leadership roles in politics and in government have lower levels of corruption,” she said.
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Despite the introduction of a quota to ensure women make up 20 per cent of Armenia’s parliament, the reform has failed to have much effect, with only half that percentage winning seats in the May 6 election.
Fourteen women out of the 131 members of parliament represent an increase on the 12 who had seats before the election, but analysts say a substantial improvement on that figure is not on the horizon.
They blame a lack of official support for getting more women into public life, in part because there is not enough grassroots pressure to prompt it, and also the fact that few women enjoy the... Read more
The number of women standing in local elections in Armenia has barely changed from four years ago, despite government pledges to increase participation. Activists are now saying it might be is time for local polls to be subject to the same gender quotas as national elections.
In a first round of local elections held on September 9, only nine women were elected to a total of 397 posts as mayor or local government chief. All nine already held the post and were simply re-elected. If women ended up winning only two per cent of the posts, it would have been hard for them to do much better since... Read more
National review on Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (2000) in the context of the twentieth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action 2015
The Government of the Republic of Armenia, when preparing the report, was used the Guidance note prepared by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and UN Women. All the interested ministries and agencies, including the Ministry of Labour and... Read more
This report maps the situation of gender and ICTs in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, identifying trends, gaps, as well as some good practices. It focuses particularly on the integration of gender in relation to issues such as process and control, education, training and skills and development, and their use to enhance opportunities for human development. Read more
This Guide is designed to offer insights into the critical elements that shape systems of good local governance in the South Caucasus region. It also serves as a tool for local decision-makers and practitioners. The Guide includes case studies on Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Read more
The handbook provides a comparative overview of gender-aware legislation and practices in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. It also describes a comprehensive approach to influencing legislation and implementation processes, and provide detailed checklists for reference when analyzing legislation and its implementation. Read more
This paper describes experiences of the CIS countries with integrating gender equality in national policies and budgets. It includes recommendations on improving gender analysis throughout national plans, strengthening links between policy and budgets, improving statistical development, and increasing national civil service capacities. Read more
An expert in trafficking for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and consultant to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime for the counter-trafficking project in the Black Sea region, Gulnara Shahinian is the elected chair of the UN expert group on trafficking and the elected vice chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings for the Council of Europe. She is vice chair of the State Commission on the Status of Women and a member of the Armenian Anti-Trafficking Commission. Ms. Shahinian has been Chair of the All-Armenian Union of Women, heading "... Read more