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16.05.2016

As the international experience of the past three decades shows, the inventory of effective policies to prevent non-medical gender-biased sex selection should consist not only of various legislative restrictions, bans and subsequent liability for bypassing them, but also of an extensive awareness raising campaign to inform of such practices, their causes and the risks of consequences. Another large component should include projects and measures promoting appreciation of female children and generally the equal rights and opportunities of women and men in the society. 

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29.01.2016

In order to prevent the consistently declining fertility in Armenia, and gender-biased sex-selection, and at the same time to empower women in their economic activities and to promote their participation in labour force, it is recommended to introduce a new benefit system for working mothers taking care of children up to two years of age.

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16.10.2014

Historically, military service and defense sector have been associated with power and men. However, in the modern defense sector discipline and physical fitness of military servants are not sufficient for ensuring its overall combat efficiency anymore. Securing the necessary number of servants and technical modernization under the defense sector reforms are crucial for any nation to improve its security.

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30.08.2014

In-depth interviews with both women and men in the military have revealed some specific perceptions of military service of women in Armenia. Specifically, middle-aged and older women believe that their choice of a career in the military has been rather successful, and they are satisfied with the progress they have made in their careers. Whereas many of the younger women interviewed think that taking up a military profession has not been a success, and they color the present and future of their careers in much darker tones. Expectations of some younger women have not been met, and they intend to leave the military profession with the first chance they can get. Middle-aged and older women joined the armed forces at its inception and many did so with their husbands. They have stepped up to higher military ranks since, and today hold comparatively higher positions. They do not see any critical contradictions between their careers and other social roles. In contrast, younger women make only their first steps in a military career. They point out certain conflicts between their service and the expected role of women in the Armenian society. Therefore, it is not surprising that the older generation believes that the role of women in the armed forces, their status and the opportunities are almost equal to those of men.

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04.07.2014

International experience and research evidence show that having women participate in the military sector is a prerequisite of modernity. Women in the military (both compulsory and voluntary duty) of the leading countries such as the US, UK, Israel, Germany and Italy ensures effectiveness of their armed forces, and flexibility of top decision-making. It also promotes closer and more direct relations between the armed forces and the society. Women in the military contribute an additional aspect of moral control over the behavior of military men. Their presence mitigates inter-personal conflicts and prevents cases of physical violence in predominantly male personnel.

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11.04.2017

Conducting Qualitative Research on Domestic Violence in Armenia (CQRDVA)

Violence against women is one of the worst forms of violation of human rights prevalent all over the world. Women face gender-based violence (GBV) in workplaces, educational institutions, rural and urban communities. They are exposed to GBV irrespective of their ethnic or religious background, social status, economic standing, age, or other condition. The violence is particularly rampant when it occurs at home, a place where women are supposed to be provided with safe family environment.

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17.02.2017

Monitoring of Online Print Media on Sex Selection in Armenia

The current policy brief aimed at analyzing the monitored online print media outlets in cases when they covered the topic of sex selection and articles that were broadly linked to the value of girls and women. The content of web-based media outlets have been scrutinized to identify any statements or reporting that could have had distorted, untruthful or prejudicial elements against women or men. All these aspects were separately analyzed quantified and also handpicked, allowing analyzing the level of stereotypical reporting either as a media intention or as an absence of intention, leading to unobstructed penetration of prejudicial statements widely circulated in the society and back by reinstating the current state of the affairs.

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24.08.2016

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06.03.2017

Monitoring of Online Print Media on Sex Selection in Armenia

The current policy brief aimed at analyzing the monitored online print media outlets in cases when they covered the topic of sex selection and articles that were broadly linked to the value of girls and women. The content of web-based media outlets have been scrutinized to identify any statements or reporting that could have had distorted, untruthful or prejudicial elements against women or men. All these aspects were separately analyzed quantified and also handpicked, allowing analyzing the level of stereotypical reporting either as a media intention or as an absence of intention, leading to unobstructed penetration of prejudicial statements widely circulated in the society and back by reinstating the current state of the affairs. 

The findings that are discussed in the report, show the strong and weak points of media outlets under consideration and suggest policy actions to make sure that unintentional framing at the detriment of any of the social groups does not penetrate the news media and provide opportunities for all stakeholders to deliberate topics of public concern in the most accurate and credible ways possible.