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.
11-13, 2017 the training on “Planning the WAVE Step Up! Campaign for 2018” was conducted
by the WAVE Training Institute in Vienna, Austria. The annual meeting was aimed
at uniting and strengthening the capacity of experts working in the field of women’s
support services and establishing common quality standards. The purpose of the training
also was to exchange experiences on different activities implemented in member countries
in 2017 and develop effective activities for 2018. Participants from 23
countries, including Armenia took part in the event.
December 8, 2017 K. Petrosyan, Assistant to Director of Women’s Rights Center, had
a phone interview with the journalist of www.hraparak.am.
The necessity of the adoption of the relevant Law and corresponding improvement
of the field, statistics of the Center,
December 6 the round table discussion on the «Situation on Domestic Violence
against Women in Armenia: Developing the Package of Recommendations» was
organized by Women's Rights Center and took place at Dvin Hall of Ani Plaza
Hotel. Representatives of the RA Police, RA Ministry of Justice, RA Ministry of
Health, RA Ministry of Education and Science, RA Ministry of Labour and Social
affairs, Human Rights Defender of RA, as well as local non-governmental
organizations participated in the event.
November 29 M. Eghiazaryan and A. Arakelyan, psychologist of Women’s Rights
center, conducted training on domestic violence for the police officers at RA
Police Academy. The training was included in the curriculum of the Academy and
was devoted to the analysis of domestic violence phenomenon.
November 28, 2017 a press conference under the theme of "Combating
gender-based violence and gaps in the legislative field in Armenia" took
place at Media Center. The speakers of the conference were S. Galoyan, survivor
of domestic violence and Women's Rights Center's beneficiary, A. Argushyan,
psychologist of Women's Rights Center, and N. Piliposyan, lawyer of Women's
November 23, 2017 the Coalition to Stop Violence against Women organized a
protest action in front of RA Government building. The participants protested against
changes in the Draft Law on Domestic Violence Prevention and Protection of
Domestic Violence Victims enforced by the opponents of the Law adoption.
November 16, 2017 the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Women's Rights
Center took place at Ararat Hall of Armenia Marriott Hotel. The event was
attended by the members of Women’s Rights Center, as well as representatives of
RA Government, RA Police, RA Ministry of Justice, RA Ministry of Health, RA Ministry
of Education, RA Human Rights Defender, Departments of Family, Women and
Children’s Rights Protection of Gegharkunik and Shirak regions, Head of Yaghdan
Village, Coalition to Stop Violence Violence Against Women, Armenian Lighthouse
Foundation, and E-Motion Studio.
November 10, 2017 a visit to the National Gallery of Armenia was organized for
children-beneficiaries of Women's Rights Center. Here children had the
opportunity to participate in the exhibition dedicated to the 200th anniversary
of Hovhannes Aivazovsky under the slogan «Hovhannes Aivazovsky: Creation».
concluding 8th TV program of the series was devoted to the position of the
Armenian Apostolic Church on domestic violence and the relevant law. The guest
of the program was Mikayel Ajapahyan, Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop and
Primate of the Diocese of Shirak.