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Stop Gender-Based Abortions. Give Life To A GIRL!

Summary

Each year Armenia is losing around 1400 girls, in result of prenatal sex selection and gender-based abortions, which is already a demographic threat for the nation. Prenatal sex selection is deeply rooted in patriarchal structures of society that tend to favor boys. The 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 and at least a 10% reduction in the number of sex-selective abortion.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Evidence proves that the skewed sex ratio at birth is essentially traceable to prenatal sex selection. In spite of active prenatal sex discrimination, knowledge and awareness of sex selective abortion, female infanticide and its negative consequences are lacking. Policy is limited by lack of knowledge of problem, means to address it, lack of capacities of actors at all levels to engage communities in dialogue on gender equality, discrimination, reproductive rights, gender-biased sex selection.

How will this project solve this problem?

Project will bring together at least 200 local practitioners to engage local communities, strengthening their critical capacities. Organizations, human rights defenders, universities, media, faith-based orgs, social workers, community leaders will get training and knowledge on gender biased sex selection, non-discrimination, reproductive rights, gender based violence. There will be individual consultations for women, families; community actions to spread info and prevent gender-based abortions.

Potential Long Term Impact

Project will have great impact on changing the demographic situation in country and will change ratio of 140 boys to 100 girls in nearest future. This objectives will be achieved through set of interlinked activities ensuring that the local organizations, community leaders, authorities are equipped with knowledge, skills, have understanding of negative consequences of gender-biased sex selection. Positive change in public perception, attitude towards gender-biased sex selection will be achieved.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,485
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $17,515
Total Funding Goal: $19,000

NEWS

17.10.2019

Informative Local Meeting in Lori Region

The International Center for Human Development (ICHD) with the financial support of the Federal Foreign Office (Germany) and in partnership with The State Migration Service of Ministry of Territorial Administration and infrastructure of the Republic of Armenia and “Armenian Caritas” Benevolent NGO, on 15 October 2019 has implemented of local meetings in Lori region in the framework of Preventing Irregular Migration from Armenia to the Federal Republic of Germany by Raising Awareness of Potential Migrants” project. State and local self-governance bodies, service providers, media and civil society representatives participated in the event.

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24.09.2019

Informative Local Meeting in Shirak Region

The International Center for Human Development (ICHD) with the financial support of the Federal Foreign Office (Germany) and in partnership with The State Migration Service of Ministry of Territorial Administration and infrastructure of the Republic of Armenia and “Armenian Caritas” Benevolent NGO, on 17 September 2019 started implementation of local meetings in Shirak region in the framework of Preventing Irregular Migration from Armenia to the Federal Republic of Germany by Raising Awareness of Potential Migrants” project. State and local self-governance bodies, service providers, media and civil society representatives participated in the event.

The aim of the meetings is informing the participants about the risks, consequences of irregular migration, forms of protection given to migrants in Germany, as well as statistics on emigration and return policy from Germany to Armenia. The process of return and readmission of RA citizens, the reintegration programs of returnees implemented in the RA are also presented to the participants during the workshop.

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