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6 Days

15 March 2014

On 10 March 2014 International Women’s Day was celebrated in the EU Centre in Yerevan with the screening of the 6 Days documentary film. Using the tagline of “Three women, three wars, one dream”, this film portrays the lives of three women in three different countries who are fighting for change in the wake of war and conflict. The documentary was produced in 2013 by the Kvinna Till Kvina Foundation and was funded by the EU Instrument for Stability.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, congratulated all attendees of the film screening and talked about the important societal role of women: ‘I think that we all should recognise that, nowadays, the role of women in the society has been increased. They are much more involved in transformative processes, from administration to politics. With regard to peacebuilding, the role of women in conflict prevention and resolution is vibrant, as well societal reunification’. However, Hristea went on to note that a lot of additional work was needed to help women to increase their role in peacebuilding, because their voices continued to be avoided and ignored by many parties.
6 Days shows the diversity of difficulties and problems which women face in this regard. The three women portrayed are Nelly Cooper (in Liberia), Maia Kvaratskhelia (in the breakaway region of Abkhazia) and Lanja Abdulla (in the Kurdistan region of Iraq).
The lives of these women are followed over the course of six days, which gives an insight into their everyday struggles to improve the situation of women. Lanja Abdulla works as a journalist and is a founder of the Warvin Foundation for Women’s Issues, which publishes an online magazine on women issues. Maia Kvaratskhelia works at the women’s organisation “Avangard”, which educates young girls about their rights and offers gynaecological care in a region where women’s health is extremely neglected. Finally, Nelly Cooper leads the community organisation “West Point Women for Health and Development”, which offers poor women an opportunity to get elementary education and secure some income.

6 Days

On 10 March 2014 International Women’s Day was celebrated in the EU Centre in Yerevan with the screening of the 6 Days documentary film. Using the tagline of “Three women, three wars, one dream”, this film portrays the lives of three women in three different countries who are fighting for change in the wake of war and conflict. The documentary was produced in 2013 by the Kvinna Till Kvina Foundation and was funded by the EU Instrument for Stability. The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, congratulated all attendees of the film screening and talked about the important societal role of women: ‘I think that we all should recognise that, nowadays, the role of women in the society has been increased. They are much more involved in transformative processes, from administration to politics. With regard to peacebuilding, the role of women in conflict prevention and resolution is vibrant, as well societal reunification’. However, Hristea went on to note that a lot of additional work was needed to help women to increase their role in peacebuilding, because their voices continued to be avoided and ignored by many parties. 6 Days shows the diversity of difficulties and problems which women face in this regard. The three women portrayed are Nelly Cooper (in Liberia), Maia Kvaratskhelia (in the breakaway region of Abkhazia) and Lanja Abdulla (in the Kurdistan region of Iraq). The lives of these women are followed over the course of six days, which gives an insight into their everyday struggles to improve the situation of women. Lanja Abdulla works as a journalist and is a founder of the Warvin Foundation for Women’s Issues, which publishes an online magazine on women issues. Maia Kvaratskhelia works at the women’s organisation “Avangard”, which educates young girls about their rights and offers gynaecological care in a region where women’s health is extremely neglected. Finally, Nelly Cooper leads the community organisation “West Point Women for Health and Development”, which offers poor women an opportunity to get elementary education and secure some income.