of the regular TV program were L. Grigoryan, judge of Yerevan General
Jurisdiction Court and S. Soghomonyan, attorney of Women's Rights Center. They
discussed those problems regarding family and child-rearing with which women
mainly apply to courts, as well as certain patterns in such cases and adoption
of the Law on Domestic Violence and signing Istanbul Convention for giving
legal solutions to such cases.Short
video elaborated by Women’s Rights Center and devoted to the aims of Istanbul
Convention was demonstrated during the TV program.
On February 8 and 9 an External Evaluation Results Workshop took place
at the office of the Human Rights House Yerevan, Armenia. The workshop was organized
by Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation and conducted by Monica Erwer, PME expert from
Stockholm. Participants of the workshop were Kvinna till Kvinna partner organizations
in Armenia, including Women's Rights Center. The first day of the workshop
started with the presentations of the KtK partners on the implemented projects
and the results of the external evaluations done. Then similarities and common
learnings aroused in the result of projects implementation were discussed by
the participants, after which everybody divided into three groups to reflect on
the significant changes happened during the project, how they happened and
whether they were any unexpected changes both positive and negative.
On February 7, 2018 shooting of the TV program under the theme of “1st
Studio: Hostage in Ukraine” took place with the aim to reveal and provide an
expert approach to the problem of Armenian woman subjected to domestic
violence. The experts were human rights defender Z. Hovhannisyan, Women's
Rights Center psychologist M. Eghiazaryan and attorney G. Sahakyan. An Armenian
woman was abused by her husband and father-in-law and in the result she went
outdoors with her two children and applied to a shelter attached to church. Yet
her husband managed to take the smaller breast feeding baby away from her and banned
mother keep in touch with the baby even when it was in hospital.
program was hosted by L. Hobosyan, Secretary of the Trusteeship and Custodianship
Commission of Davitashen District and Head of the General Department of the
Staff, and M. Eghiazaryan, Psychologist of Women’s Rights Center. Guests
discussed work of the trusteeship and custodianship commissions before adoption
of the Law on Domestic Violence and what would be changed after its adoption,
as well as means of cooperation between commissions and non governmental
On February 1, 2018 members of the Coalition to Stop Violence against
Women participated in the meeting with representatives of EU Delegation to
Armenia with the aim to present Coalition’s main concerns about the adopted
domestic violence law. The representatives of the Coalition were A. Simonyan,
N. Piliposyan, K. Petrosyan and N. Kankanyan, meanwhile the Delegation was
presented by A. Chalupova and I. Movsesyan. The members of Coalition raised
their concerns on the number of provisions and definitions of the Law such as the
so called “traditional values’ and “restoration of peace in the families”, institute
of reconciliation, as well as points which were not not included particularly
violence among dating couples, stalking as a separate form of violence, etc.
sixth TV program was devoted to the role of RA Ministry of Labour and Social
Affairs in the area of combating domestic violence. The guests of the program
were A. Tanashyan, Head of the Section of Women's Issues of the Department of
Family, Women, and Children Issues, and A. Minasyan, Head of the Department on
On January 25, 2018 presentation of the research of RA Law on Equal
Rights and Equal Opportunities for Women and Men was conducted at the Paris
Hall of the Double Tree by Hilton Yerevan City Center Hotel by the Coalition to
Stop Violence against Women. N. Aleksanyan, candidate of jurisprudence and the author
of the research, mentioned that the provisions of this Law were analyzed in the
result of combination and comparison of RA international obligations,
international standards and the best practice. Methodology of analysis and
legal assessment of the research of law enforcement practice of legislative
provisions was also used.
of the fifth TV program were G. Hakobyan, Head of the department of relations
with the “Center of Legislation Development and Legal Researches” Foundation,
and T. Harutyunyan, Leading Specialist of the same Department. The specialists
introduced background of the elaboration of Domestic Violence Law, engagement
of the relevant institutions, hot discussions on the Law content, as well as
series of TV programs was replenished with the fourth TV program, the guests of
which were S. Galoyan, survivor of domestic violence, S. Soghomonyan, attorney
of Women’s Rights Center, and A. Arakelyan, psychologist of Women’s Rights
Center. Participants of the TV program discussed healthy family relationship
based on mutual love and respect, atmosphere and situation of S. Galoyan’s
family, possible solutions and ways out of this situation.
third TV program was devoted to the work of RA Human Rights Defender,
particularly in the area of domestic violence. The guest of the program was L. Sargsyan,
Head of Department for Legal Analysis of the RA Human Rights Defender's office.
She introduced the functions and authorities of the Office, as well as the
nature of calls reporting domestic violence.
regular broadcast of the series of TV programs was hosted by A. Vardanyan, the
Deputy Head of the Department on Protection of Juvenile Rights and Combating
Domestic Violence of RA Police General Department of Criminal Intelligence, and
S. Soghomonyan, the Attorney of Women's Rights Center. Each of the guests
presented statistics on domestic violence cases of its structure, spoke about mechanisms
of response to domestic violence cases by RA Police and Women's Rights Center,
the undertaken measures, conflicts of interest and cooperation with relevant stakeholders,
as well as the stereotypes and necessity of trainings for police officers.
success of the first season of the series of TV programs «Conversations on
Women's Rights» Women's Rights Center initiated the second season of the series
which was devoted to to domestic violence problem, the Law on Prevention of Violence
in Family, Protection of Victims of Violence in Family and Restoration of Peace
in Family as well as coverage of the international documents aimed at combating
violence against women and ratified by RA Government. The presenter of the TV
programs of the second season was Kristine Alagulyan, the famous presenter and
TV journalist of Shant TV Channel. The first program was aired on December 28,
2017 by Shant and the guests of the program were S. Vardanyan, the Founder and Director
of Women's Rights Center, M. Eghiazaryan, the Center's psychologist, and S.
Soghomonyan, the Center's attorney.
year ended with the last event for children beneficiaries of Women's Rights
Center – the musical performance «Pluto's New Year Adventures» in Neon Art
light format. The event took place at «Armenia» Cinema on December 27. Children
watched the cartoon attentively, followed by interactive communication with Pluto,
cartoon's main hero.
December 22, 2017 Women’s Rights Center’s staff organized the next event for
children-beneficiaries. The New Year child’s comedy musical was demonstrated at
Bohemia Theater based on H. Tumanyan's fairy tales and other child’s stories.
The performance was full with the intellectual questions and games. Children
watched it with great enthusiasm. The event was also very interactive as the
heroes communicated with children by giving them different questions.
December 12, 2017 M. Eghiazaryan, Women’s Rights Center’s psychologist, and
Center’s woman-beneficiary who wished to remain anonymous participated in the
phone interview to www.ampop.am online
resource on the theme of «Domestic Violence: What Will Change the Adoption of
the Law». During the interview the survivor of domestic violence presented her
history, after which the Center's services for women victims of domestic
violence, the statistics and the necessity of the relevant Law adoption were
discussed with the Center's specialist.