2014 - 2016
In 2014 the UNFPA in collaboration with USAID Armenia launched new project “Promoting Contraceptive Security in Armenia” aimed at supporting the Ministry of Health to strengthen coordination mechanisms for improved planning, monitoring and evaluation of reproductive health commodities through introduction of sustainable financing mechanisms involving all sectors stakeholders, such as Total Market Approach (TMA).
The Community Awareness Raising Campaign throughout Armenia (CARCATA) project is designed to effect the demand of the modern contraceptives and to address underlying social issues that influence contraceptive behavior while also providing accurate information about the benefits of family planning for women, their children, and their families in the framework of the above-mentioned project UNFPA/USAID project on “Promoting Contraceptive Security in Armenia”. The CARCATA project is implemented by International Center for Human Development (ICHD) in cooperation with the “Generations' Solidarity” Youth NGO (G’S) and the Theatre for Changes (T4C) in close consultation with the local health department of regional administration, marz chief gynecologists, as well as with UNFPA “Promote contraceptive security in Armenia” project office.more >>
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.more >>
2012 - ongoing
Despite to consistent efforts of the Government of Armenia, development partners and civil society, the local democratic governance and equal participation of women and men in local decision making have not shown much progress for the past decades. To address the issue in 2012 ICHD started the project “Strengthening local capacities for local democracy in Armenia through institutionalizing effective and equal public participation in local decision making”. The project is part of a larger programme implemented by UNDP and funded by the European Union: Women in local democracy.more >>
Critical decisions on foreign policies affect people’s lives just as decisions on domestic policies do. ICHD continually focuses on bringing people to the table of negotiations and critical decisions on foreign policy, conflict resolution and security, peace and stability in the region.
Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued two protocols on the establishment of diplomatic relations between two countries and development of relations signed by Armenia and Turkey under Swiss mediation on August 31. Both documents triggered controversial discussions and disputes in both societies turning into a topic of “hot” debates. To channel the voice of the citizens to decision makers on this very sensitive issue, through open public discussion, ICHD, supported by the USIAD, has launched initiative to expose perspectives of civil society to the decision makers and to enable the consideration of people’s opinions, concerns and expectations in this critical process in late September 2009. ICHD’s initiative moved isolated beneficiaries from the margin of the process closer to its hearth and enabled finding valid and viable solutions to a vital issue for the country through a participatory process.more >>
2005 – ongoing
One of the major areas of ICHD’s work is promoting the participatory democracy in Armenia and in the region. Here ICHD works with national and local decision makers, building their capacity to engage the citizenry through various channels; promotes environment conducive for the participatory decision making process; develops and implements mechanism that enable the effective participation of citizens in the decision making process at the national and local levels. The Town Hall Meeting mechanism, one of the most effective and vibrant models of facilitating public participation in decision making process both in local and expert communities. The Town Hall Meeting (THM) mechanism creates meaningful opportunities for citizens to participate in public decision making.more >>
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.more >>
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.more >>
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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.