Conducting National Consultations on Post-2015 Development Agenda


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. The consultations in Armenia, happening in 2013 targeted several specific objectives: (i) ensure inclusive consultations with representatives from the government, non-governmental organizations, private sector, women’s groups, youth, social movements, and other social groups, such as marginalized poor, and refugees, and gain their inputs on development priorities; (ii) analyse the areas of primary importance related to the work and mandates of the different UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes working in Armenia (like population, migration, governance, food security situation, children, refugees and HIV/AIDS among others), and other important stakeholders in the process; (iii) provide analysis, conclusions and recommendations to UN Country Team (UNCT) on key issues for post-2015 global development priorities/agenda. These objectives were met through elaborating THM scenarios around five thematic areas pre-determined by the UN Coordination Team; organizing 12 Town Hall Meeting with stakeholder groups. More than 500 participants from the regions and 150 participants from Yerevan voiced out their ideas and concerns about the proposed scenarios. The results of the THMS were presented at the Validation Workshop, where critical appraisal and discussions allowed participants to professionally assess, evaluate and validate the proposed ideas and recommendations. To conclude the initiative a final report was drafted to reflect the findings both from the THMs and the Validation Workshop. It actually reflected the consolidated results of cooperative and inclusive multi-stakeholder process.



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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