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Be Strong, Stop the Violence!


The societies cannot end the gender based violence (GBV) without men taking the active roles and responsibilities towards this end. The power relations in the South Caucasus are yet to be transformed in a way to eliminate the gender based violence from our families, offices and societies. This sounds like a long journey for war-torn patriarchal societies of the South Caucasus. However, even the longest journey starts from the first step.

Thirty men from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia gathered together to make this first step to happen. The seminar "Men Talking to Men" on the role and responsibility of men in combating gender based violence organized by UNFPA on 14-18 April 2010, in Tbilisi, brought together men of various age and profession. All of them had one thing in common. They are all committed to combat violence through speaking out the problem and encouraging other men to mobilize in action against violence. The seminar was facilitated by one of the world's champions in stopping gender based violence, the cofounder of the White Ribbon movement - Dr. Michael Kaufmann - author, educator, consultant.

ICHD contributed in the seminar mobilizing the beneficiaries of its project "Combating Gender-based Violence in Armenia" sponsored by the UNFPA/CGBV. Ten men, who were trained by the Consortium of Armenian organizations led by ICHD, participated in the seminar and gained the knowledge and skills on engaging men into the combat against gender based-violence. These ten men working at the Public Chamber, think tank, regional social assistance center, NGO, General Prosecutor's office: the large variety of institutions, will continue their action back home and will mobilize men's action.



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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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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