Youth Participation in Local Democracy: Shifting Engagement from Theory to Practice

2012 - 2013

The project implemented in 2012 – 2013 with the support of Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation fund was one of the many initiatives of the Young Leaders Forum, established in 2010. The overall goal of the project was to establish a dialogue between young leaders and high level decision makers from different countries, and engage youth in public control over democratic reforms in their countries by facilitating an open discussion and allowing young leaders to freely express their opinions on the issue of democracy building. The objectives were to (i) increase participation and representation of young leaders with different backgrounds – civil society, diplomacy, politics, social activism, and so on - at all levels of the Community of Democracies (Governmental, Civic, and Parliamentary), (ii) ensure transparency of CoD processes among youth and encourage youth feedback in official CoD proceedings and activities (iii) strengthen and institutionalize the Youth Dimension of the Community of Democracies, especially the Young Leaders Forum. These objectives were met through providing an international forum of networking and exchange of ideas. Within the framework of the project a ….-day international conference was organized in Yerevan with the participation of both decision makers and young leaders. It was followed up with a publication of Conference Proceedings, a collection of keynote speeches and presentations. The participants of the project supported the idea of creating a practical platform for young leaders and decision makers to discuss and debate on various issues related to youth engagement in the process of democracy building. 



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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