Combating Gender-Biased Sex Selection in Armenia



International Center for Human Development (ICHD) in partnership with the Stichting Save the Children Nederland (STC Netherlands), Armavir Development Centre (ADC), Martuni Women’s Community Council (MWCC) and Save the Children (STC) International is implementing the project “Combating Gender-Biased Sex Selection in Armenia” funded by the European Union since May 2015.

The project aims at contributing to reduction of gender-biased sex selection in Armenia. The project will achieve this overall objective through pursuing the following three interlinked specific objectives:

SO1: Local CSOs, human rights defenders, local and provincial authorities and community leaders have the capacity to effectively engage local communities in dialogue on gender equality, discrimination, reproductive rights and gender-biased sex selection. A viable countrywide network of practitioners engaging key local and provincial actors is mobilized and strengthened for joint action against gender-biased sex selection.

SO2: Armenian society is aware of the female infanticide and its consequences. The project is a catalyst for change in public perception and attitude towards gender-biased sex selection and tolerance towards discrimination practice of sex-selective abortion is substantially reduced.

SO3: Improved policy environment to combat-gender-biased sex selection in Armenia. National policies and programs to combat gender-biased sex selection in Armenia is anchored at evidence and gains the support of civil society.

The project envisages achieving its specific objectives through the sequence of interlinked activities including: building countrywide coalition of key local actors across civil society and government; multidisciplinary skill-focused training; designing and implementing nationwide awareness raising campaign; confidence building and networking; provision of funding to local CSOs for implementing education campaign; tracking research on the prevalence of and reasons for sex-selective abortion; monitoring the government’s policy response to infanticide; multi-stakeholder results oriented dialogue on prevention of sex selective abortion; policy analysis and policy advice.

The project will result in at least 15% positive change in knowledge, attitude and perception of target population groups toward gender-biased sex selection and at least 10% reduction in number of selective abortions. This impact will be consolidated through three major outcomes: (R1) Local CSOs, community leaders and authorities are equipped with knowledge and skills and have understanding of the negative consequences of gender-biased sex selection; (R2) Positive change in public perception and attitude towards gender-biased sex selection is achieved; and, (R3) Policy framework is effective in prevention of gender-biased sex selection. 

The project will be implemented within two years, in a relatively favourable period for mobilizing civil society actions and engaging policy makers.

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