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2015-2017

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International Center for Human Development (ICHD) in partnership with the Stichting Save the Children Nederland (STC Netherlands), Armavir Development Centre (ADC), Martuni Women’s Community Council (MWCC) and Save the Children (STC) International is implementing the project “Combating Gender-Biased Sex Selection in Armenia” funded by the European Union since May 2015.

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to a reduction of gender-biased sex selection in Armenia. The project will result in at least 15% positive change in knowledge, attitude and perception of target population groups toward gender-biased sex selection and at least a 10% reduction in the number of sex-selective abortions. This impact will be consolidated through three major results: (R1) Local CSOs, community leaders and authorities are equipped with knowledge and skills and have understanding of the negative consequences of gender-biased sex selection; (R2) Positive change in public perception and attitude towards gender-biased sex selection is achieved; and, (R3) Policy framework is effective in prevention of gender-biased sex selection. The project envisages achieving its three specific objectives through the sequence of interlinked activities including policy analysis and advice, research, institutional capacity building, training, awareness raising and advocacy campaign.

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2012

The objective of the project, implemented in 2012 and funded by Counterpart International, was to support the efforts of improving the regulatory framework of the CSOs by simplifying the existing procedures. The objective was achieved through presenting the e-registration of organizations, which will facilitate the environment for the more effective functioning of civil society organizations.

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2011

The goal of the project was to ensure an effective participatory process and support consolidation of outputs provided by technical contributors of each specific section of the comprehensive national decentralization strategy, a draft document meant to direct the reform process. 

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2013

The project implemented in 2013 with the support of the Counterpart International aims at contributing to the sustainable development of civil society organizations (CSO) through harmonization of the relevant legislation to the current needs of CSOs and the changing social, political and economic environment. Within the framework of the project a new bill on civil society organizations has been drafted with the active involvement of the major stakeholders of the project, specifically the RA Ministry of Justice, RA National Assembly, a number of civil society organizations and other representatives of the civil society. The new bill offers solutions to a number of issues related to the specifics of the management and activities of civil society organizations. It has been presented to the RA Ministry of Justice for further circulation and discussion.

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2011

The project was implemented in 2011 with the support of Counterpart International Armenia. The goal was to develop comprehensive and consensual recommendations for improving policy, regulatory and institutional frameworks that would enable further progressive development of civil society in Armenia. The project team emphasized the necessity of facilitating an inclusive process of generating and analyzing various alternatives of such frameworks by engaging all key stakeholders in government, civil society and development partners. Towards this goal, ICHD carried out needs assessment, organized four OTRs and developed subsequent policy papers. 

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2014

SIGRDRÍFA goal project is to strengthen evidence-based and gender-sensitive security sector reforms in Armenia through policy research and dialogue. It attempts to assess perceptions and experiences of the target population groups related to the gender roles and service of women in the Defense Sector; and to facilitate a multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on mainstreaming gender and promoting gender equality in Defense Sector Reform process. It targets female and male personnel at various levels and structures in the Defense Sector, as well as institutions in this sector. It specifically will benefit young women and men and their parents. The major public and non-public agencies engaged in Security Sector Reforms and Gender and Development include the Administration of the President of RA, Ministry of Defense of RA, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MLSA), the National Assembly of RA, as well as academia, and CSOs.

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2012

The project undertaken by ICHD contributed to the advancement of ICPD agenda in EECA region. The overall objective of the action was to organize the ICPD review in Armenia engaging all key stakeholders in the government, civil society (including youth organizations, as well as representatives at sub-national levels when relevant), and academia. 

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2012

With the support of UNFPA the project team analyzed the State Budget of RA for 2012 from the demographic perspective to identify whether it included sufficient resources for the implementation of the action plan of demographic strategy. Analysis was performed through a desk review and comparison of the proposed budget for 2012 with the envisaged activities in the National Strategy. The results of the analysis were presented to the stakeholders, policy makers and experts in the focus field through two Off the Record discussions, with 25-30 participants in each. Based on the OTR results two policy briefs have been elaborated and disseminated to the stakeholders and policy makers.

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2012

The project implemented in 2012 with the support of Counterpart International strived to support local self-government bodies (LSG) in the elaboration of draft models for the important legal acts that are subject to the community councils’ approval and adoption, by including field experts, community council members, community lawyers, and specialists in elaboration of legal acts in this process. The project strived as well to promote the development of the community councils’ power in effective law making.

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2013

The overall objective of conducting country consultations was to stimulate discussions amongst national stakeholders involved in addressing MDGs, and voice out the perspectives, challenges and concerns of various groups of common citizens who were directly influenced by policies that contribute to the achievement of MDGs.

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NEWS

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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24.08.2016

ICHD THM | MoD projects discussions in Yerevan and 5 provinces

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LATEST PUBLICATIONS

04.05.2017

Analysis of Public Policy on Extending Early Childhood Care and Development Services to Prevent Gender-Biased Sex Selection

The present public policy analysis was prepared by the International Center for Human Development in close collaboration with the Working Group set up to implement the Program to Prevent Sex-Selective Abortions. In fact, the analysis ranges among the most successful efforts in recent years in collaboration among relevant specialists, NGOs, governmental agencies, international development partners and other stakeholders overcoming the most dangerous challenges facing the public at large. The analysis report and the data, information, evidence, findings and recommendations therein will lay a solid and reliable foundation for mapping out and implementing a public policy on setting up an early childhood care and development system, introducing service models and outlining further actions to achieve enhanced women’s labor force participation and work-family reconciliation, a primary objective of combating gender-biased sex-selection.