Facilitating Participation of Youth Groups in Monitoring of Parliamentary Elections


Active participation of voters is one of the most significant guaranties for democratic and fair elections, and awareness campaigns promoting active participation are to be an everyday work. At the dawn of elections in 2012 and 2013 in Armenia ICHD proposed to address the issue of active participation by addressing the public apathy through involvement of youth in the election processes. The goal of the project was to raise the level of youth involvement by training and supporting them to participate in the Armenian elections as independent observers. To achieve the above-mentioned goal ICHD trainers provided a series of two-day trainings in five marzes of Armenia for around 50 young people, providing participants with skills to monitor and report on the election process. The first day of the training focused on election legislation of Armenia, international standards of elections, particularities of observation, differences between observers and proxies, as well as the methodology and process of election observation. On the second day participants got an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a simulation game on the overall process, observation and problems that may exist during the elections. After the training the project team supported the observers-to-be with the CEC election observation accreditation test, kept track of observer placements and assisted local observer teams in implementing the mission during the elections. After the election ICHD elaborated a paper based on the findings of the observation mission of local observer teams (fellows of trainings), which reflected the elections process, and provided recommendations on future reforms.



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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