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Promoting Armenian-Turkish Rapprochement Process


Supported by Sweden's Ministry of Foreign Affairs the Peacebuilding and Rights Program at Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights (USA) and the International Center for Human Rights (Armenia) convened the four members of Armenian Consortium for Armenian-Turkish Rapprochement: ICHD, EPF, UMBA and YPC, and their seven Turkish partners: Turkish Armenian Business Development Center (TABDC), GAYA Research Institute, Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV), Anadolu Kultur, Global Political Trends Center (GPOT), Izmir University of Economics, Faculty of Communication and Toplum Gönüllüleri at this Advocacy Summit at the Swedish Palace in Istanbul on 15-19 December 2010.

The meeting helped Armenian Consortium members and their Turkish partners getting to common understanding of the program goal, objectives and targets, methods and activities. The partners have planned specific initiatives for the first year, discussed cross-cutting opportunities and synchronized "Forth Wave Clock" for civil society initiatives. The partners have also recognized the key role of communications, coordination, and cooperation for the success of the initiative.

It was agreed that the Third Advocacy Summit could be organized in Yerevan in late-May and/or early-June 2011.



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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