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12Dec
Art promotes European values in Gyumri
Art promotes European values in Gyumri

From 30 November to 5 December 2016, the "ARTerial Road" cultural project held events in Gyumri, Shirak marz to promote the European values of equality, freedom of speech, tolerance and democracy through art.

9Dec
Campaign against gender-based violence
Campaign against gender-based violence

On 25 November the world stood together against gender-based violence (GBV) by launching the '16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence' international campaign. This is an annual event which invites individuals and organisations to hold events aiming to draw public attention to this issue.

21Oct
Law on gender-based violence – CSO-government discussions
Law on gender-based violence – CSO-government discussions

For many years civil society organisations, activists, individuals have been fighting for having Law on Gender-Based Violence in Armenia.

13Oct
Certificates for 22 Justice Academy trainers
Certificates for 22 Justice Academy trainers

Twenty-two trainers from the Justice Academy of Armenia received certificates on 4 October 2016 for successfully passing training-of-trainers courses.

19Jul
EU support to Civil Service reform in Armenia
EU support to Civil Service reform in Armenia

On 13 July 2016, the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, met with the Chairman of the Civil Service Council (CSC)

28Jun
Individuals honoured for promoting human rights
Individuals honoured for promoting human rights

Every year, the EU Delegation to Armenia, the US embassy, the OSCE, Council of Europe and the UN Armenia offices in Yerevan, honour individuals working to promote human rights

3Jun
“Voices for Children” have to be heard
“Voices for Children” have to be heard

On 1 June 2016, the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, attended the “Voices for Children” open air event

17Mar
Pledge for parity
Pledge for parity

This year, International Women’s Days on 8 March, has been devoted to parity.

16Mar
Session of the “Combating Gender-Biased Sex Selection in Armenia” Project Steering Committee
Session of the “Combating Gender-Biased Sex Selection in Armenia” Project Steering Committee

To mark International Women’s Day the EU-funded “Combating Gender-Biased Sex Selection in Armenia” project organised an event to discuss sex-biased abortions in Armenia

24Feb
EU-UNICEF child rights toolkit launch in Armenia
EU-UNICEF child rights toolkit launch in Armenia

On 22 February 2016, the EU and UNICEF launched a joint Child Rights Toolkit in Armenia.

19Feb
New opportunities for parentless children in Armenia
New opportunities for parentless children in Armenia

16-23-year-old 60 parentless children from childcare centres have become beneficiaries of the EU-funded "Equal personal development opportunity for parentless children" project.

26Jan
EU supports people with disabilities
EU supports people with disabilities

On 22 January 2016, the “IDEAS: Inclusive decisions for equal and accountable society” project celebrated the achievements reached over the past three years of efforts to support people with disabilities in Armenia

25Dec
Event for mothers in Masis
Event for mothers in Masis

On December 22, the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia, together with the project "Your future looks great"

17Dec
Working Meeting Dedicated to the Fight Against Corruption
Working Meeting Dedicated to the Fight Against Corruption

A working meeting entitled “Possibilities and challenges of establishing an independent institutional system for fighting against corruption in the Republic of Armenia” took place on 15 December 2015

14Dec
HuRiCamp unconference 2015
HuRiCamp unconference 2015

On 10 December, International Human Rights Day, the international community in Armenia jointly organised “HuRiCamp’ unconference dedicated to human rights.

10Dec
Annual Award Ceremony on Anti-corruption Day
Annual Award Ceremony on Anti-corruption Day

Within the framework of the EU-funded “Multi-faceted anti-corruption promotion” project, the Annual Anti-corruption Award Ceremony took place on 9 December 2015.

27Nov
The Global Campaign on 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence
The Global Campaign on 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

On 25 November 2015 the “16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence” campaign was launched.

13Oct
23 new mediators
23 new mediators

An award ceremony for 23 participants of the mediator skills training was held on 9 October 2015, where they were presented with accreditation and foundation certificates.

2Oct
Armenia – part of the cooperation framework
Armenia – part of the cooperation framework

The EU and the Council of Europe (CoE) have agreed to implement targeted cooperation activities in Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine).

1Oct
New human rights project
New human rights project

The launch of a new project on criminal justice and fighting ill-treatment and impunity in Armenia took place on 30 September 2015.

30Sep
Golden Key and Rusty Lock were awarded
Golden Key and Rusty Lock were awarded

Freedom of Information Centre announces the names of the recipients of the "Golden Key and Rusty Lock" awards on 28 September 2015.

17Jul
Play rooms with the support of the EU
Play rooms with the support of the EU

Within the framework of the “Family Centre” concept, new play rooms were established in Charentsavan and Hrazdan hospitals, funded by the EU.

5Jun
Universal Rights Awards 2015
Universal Rights Awards 2015

he Universal Rights Awards 2015 took place on 4 June 2015 in Yerevan.

2Jun
Strengthening healthcare and human rights protection in prisons
Strengthening healthcare and human rights protection in prisons

The launch of the “Strengthening Healthcare and Human Rights Protection in Prisons in Armenia” project took place on 2 June 2015.

2May
Anti-corruption mechanisms and safeguards are examined
Anti-corruption mechanisms and safeguards are examined

The National Integrity System Assessment Armenia 2014 report was released on 30 April 2015. It presents the findings and results of the “National Integrity System Assessments in the European Neighbourhood East Region” regional project.

29Apr
EU-funded project to support women in Armenia
EU-funded project to support women in Armenia

A presentation of the project called “Advancing Gender Equality and the Rights of Survivors of Gender-based Violence in Armenia” and working discussion with project beneficiaries took place on 28 April in Spitak.

10Apr
EU supports the integration of Syrian Armenians
EU supports the integration of Syrian Armenians

The start of the EU-funded project called “Promoting Integration of Syrian Armenians” was announced on 9 April 2015.

10Apr
Support to Democratic Governance in Armenia
Support to Democratic Governance in Armenia

A press conference on the draft law on Public Organisations took place on 8 April 2015.

2Apr
Labour rights as human rights
Labour rights as human rights

The “Hakastver” NGO invited guests and journalists to the closing ceremony on 31 March 2015 of the EU-funded project called “Support to the efforts of civil society to establish social dialogue in the sphere of labour and development of trade unions”. T

24Feb
Economic independence for Armenian women
Economic independence for Armenian women

The launch of the “Advancing Gender Equality and the Rights of Survivors of Gender-based Violence in Armenia” was held.

23Jan
Conference against torture
Conference against torture

A conference entitled “Fighting Impunity for Torture: from Words to Actions” took place on 22 January.

16Dec
EU fosters anti-corruption promotion
EU fosters anti-corruption promotion

An annual anti-corruption award ceremony took place dedicated to International Anti-Corruption Day. Awards in three nominations were presented: citizen of the year, representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), and mass media.

12Dec
The EU celebrates Human Rights Day
The EU celebrates Human Rights Day

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950 to bring the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. The EU Delegation to Armenia organised on International Human Rights Day this year a public debate entitle...

6Nov
Support for migration management
Support for migration management

On 4 November 2014 a closing ceremony was held for the EU’s twinning project named “Support to the State Migration Service for the Strengthening of Migration Management in Armenia”. High-ranking officials from Sweden and Poland (the implementing EU Member States), the Armenian government, the EU Delegation to Armenia, and other diplomatic organisat...

30Oct
Interrelations between public policies, migration and development
Interrelations between public policies, migration and development

A workshop on the interrelations between public policies, migration and development in Armenia was organised on 28 October. The event was organised within the framework of an EU-funded project dedicated to these interrelations in partner countries. The project is implemented by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Develo...

4Jul
Anti-impunity for torture forum
Anti-impunity for torture forum

On 26 June a forum entitled “Putting an End to Impunity for Torture 2014” was held in the Nairi Hall of the Ani Plaza hotel, organised by “Foundation Against the Violation of Law” NGO and “Civil Society Institute” NGO with the support of the Armenian Ombudsman’s Office. The aim of the forum was to raise awareness about the unacceptability of tortur...

24Jun
Universal Rights Awards Ceremony
Universal Rights Awards Ceremony

On 19 June the Universal Rights Awards Ceremony took place at the Congress Hotel in Yerevan. This ceremony was set up by the US Embassy in Armenia, the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia, the British Embassy in Armenia, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office in Yerevan, the Council of Europe Office in Yerevan...

20Jun
Intellectual Property Rights
Intellectual Property Rights

On 16 June the closing ceremony of the EU Twinning project “Strengthening the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Armenia” took place in Yerevan at the Best Western Congress Hotel. This project was launched in February 2012 and was implemented by the Danish Patent and Trademark Office and the European Public Law Centre. Resident Twinn...

17Apr
Social and economic empowerment of women in Armenia project in Lori
Social and economic empowerment of women in Armenia project in Lori

On 10 April, a media meeting took place within the framework of the “Social and Economic Empowerment of Women in Armenia” project in the Akhtala municipality. The meeting was aimed to inform mass media representatives about the current progress of the project. President of the Armenian Young Women’s Association (AYWA) Lilit Asatryan and Deputy Regi...

8Apr
Cross-border Cooperation for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Impact Mitigation in the South Caucasus and the Russian Federation
Cross-border Cooperation for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Impact Mitigation in the South Caucasus and the Russian Federation

On 26 March the closing meeting of the “Cross-border Cooperation for HIV Prevention and Impact Mitigation in the South Caucasus and the Russian Federation” took place at the Armenian National Centre of AIDS Prevention. This EU-funded project has been implemented by World Vision Armenia, in cooperation with “Real World, Real People” NGO. The proje...

26Mar
Opening of a Referral Centre for Reintegration
Opening of a Referral Centre for Reintegration

A Referral Centre for Reintegration was established with EU support on 11 March 2014 in Yerevan. The aim of this centre is to provide repatriated Armenians with a one-stop shop for information about reintegration possibilities and referrals to the most appropriate services for assistance.The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian H...

15Mar
Women in Lori to sustain the economy of the region
Women in Lori to sustain the economy of the region

A presentation on a local economic development (LED) model for Akhtala and the neighbouring communities of Shamlough, Ayrum and Chochkan was held on 7 March 2014 in Akhtala. The presentation was organised within the framework of the “Social and Economic Empowerment of Women in Armenia” project, which is implemented by the “Armenian Young Women’s As...

3Mar
“Do Tell Your Neighbour” Campaign on HIV/AIDS
“Do Tell Your Neighbour” Campaign on HIV/AIDS

On 27 February 2014, a press conference on the “Get tested and live. Do Tell Your Neighbour” campaign was held in Yerevan. The EU funded project implemented one of its last awareness raising actions in Yerevan and Gavar with the aim to raise societal awareness, especially among young people, on HIV/AIDS and to promote HIV/AIDS testing. Ina Iankulo...

12Feb
Armenian trainers promote European standards against discrimination
Armenian trainers promote European standards against discrimination

On 8 February 2014 human rights defenders and lawyers were presented with certificates for completing an EU-supported human rights training course in Yerevan. The Council of Europe (CoE) and the European Union (EU), in cooperation with the Armenian Chamber of Advocates (ACA), trained 30 Armenian lawyers and human rights defenders on how to teach Eu...

7Feb
EU and UNICEF support for migrants’ families
EU and UNICEF support for migrants’ families

On 5 February 2014 the EU Delegation to Armenia and UNICEF, in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Issues and the Ministry of Territorial Administration, presented the first-year results of the three-year “Mitigating Social Consequences of Labour Migration and Maximising Migrants’ Involvement in Local Development” project. Funded by...

10Sep
Improving Labour Migration in Armenia
Improving Labour Migration in Armenia

On 5 September 2012 the Ministry of Labour and Social issues (MLSI) of the Republic of Armenia, the International Centre for Human Development (ICHD) and the Delegation of International Organization for Migration (IOM) to Armenia, signed a declaration of collaboration under the auspices of EU assistance. This document was aimed at assisting in the ...

18Aug
Op-ed by EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva on World Humanitarian Day 2012
Op-ed by EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva on World Humanitarian Day 2012

This Sunday is World Humanitarian Day. It marks the day – 19 August 2003 - on which Sergio Vieira de Mello, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, and his 21 colleagues were killed by a massive car bomb attack on the UN Headquarters in Baghdad. It is a day to pay tribute to all humanitarian personnel who have lost their lives ...

7Jun
Opening of the Human Rights Defender’s Regional Office in Lori
Opening of the Human Rights Defender’s Regional Office in Lori

With EU support, the Human Rights Defender (HRD) is becoming more accessible to the population in the regions. The official opening of the HRD regional office in Lori, one of six overall regional offices, took place on 6 June in Vanadzor. The event was attended by Human rights defender Karen Andreasyan, the Head of EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambass...

22Nov
Supporting Women’s Rights
Supporting Women’s Rights

To promote women’s roles in poor communities across the South Caucasus and to ensure their engagement in society, the EU is supporting a project on women's role in peacebuilding in the region. The "Strengthening Women’s Capacity for Peacebuilding in the South Caucasus" project is implemented by Care International and started activities in March 20...

22Nov
Human Rights and Democracy education
Human Rights and Democracy education

The Regional Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation, a two-year interdisciplinary programme established with the financial support of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), officially started on 14 September at Yerevan State University (YSU). 12 of the 22 programme students are from Armenia and the other 1...

3Oct
Support to the Human Rights Defender’s Office
Support to the Human Rights Defender’s Office

The Human Rights Defender of Armenia, Karen Andreasyan comments on some of the points of EU-Armenia cooperation in the sphere of human rights. What are the main areas of cooperation between the Defender’s office and the EU? - Within EU-Armenia cooperation I attach particular importance to the fact that European institutions are not only critica...

6May
Armenia-EU cooperation: present and future
Armenia-EU cooperation: present and future

[caption id="attachment_1426" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Head of the EU Advisory Group Mr. Antti Hartikainen"][/caption] Cooperation between the EU and Armenia has visibly progressed over the last two years. The work of the EU Advisory Group is one of the contributing factors. The Team Leader of the EU Advisory Group to Armenia, Antti ...

23Mar
Speaking hands
Speaking hands

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights…” The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article I. The importance of this statement becomes ever more acute when it refers to the vulnerable in society, in this instance the deaf and those hard of hearing. To be integrated in society and live a dignified life, they require assis...

25Dec
EU support to Human Rights in Armenia
EU support to Human Rights in Armenia

“Human rights are at the centre of the EU’s external action and the work of the newly established European External Action Service. We defend and promote human rights in all aspects of our work”, said Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on 10 December, when the world celebrates Human Rights Da...

2Dec
Childhood without fear and violence
Childhood without fear and violence

The results of an assessment on the child protection situation in Armenia, done within the framework of the EU funded “Unite for Children, Save Futures” project, were presented on 10 September in Yerevan. The goal of the three-year project is to identify, address and prevent child protection problems. The first assessments were conducted in the reg...

16Sep
Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centre in Vayots Dzor
Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centre in Vayots Dzor

A Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centre financed by the EU will start functioning in Vayots Dzor on 16 September 2010. The centre was created to target one of the core aspects of the EU Poverty Reduction Strategy - improving health protection. The project was funded with € 330 000. Launched in 2009, the programme involved the construction of the bu...

16Sep
Empowering young women in rural areas
Empowering young women in rural areas

For a society to develop and progress, women’s role needs to be respected within. Even though Armenian legislation refers to women’s rights, legal aspects and daily habits often clash. Today many women remain uninformed about their rights and find their activities constrained, particularly in the regions and rural communities. In order to promote ...

23Apr
International Women’s Day – Women’s Month in Armenia
International Women’s Day – Women’s Month in Armenia

On the eve of the International Women’s Day, Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said: “International Women’s Day provides a great opportunity for each one of us to reflect on our responsibility for working towards the eradication of gender inequality.” Armenia dedicates to women more than...