Gender equality and women empowerment at the local level | EUNewsletter

Gender equality and women empowerment at the local level

2 October 2012

On 2 October 2012 the EU and UNDP, in partnership with the Ministry of Territorial administration, initiated the “Promoting equal rights and equal opportunities: Women in local democracy” project to address the challenge of gender equality in Armenia. The initiative is aimed at promoting women’s participation in local elections, building capacity and knowledge of potential local female leaders, accelerating women’s progress towards the realisation of their capacities, advancing gender equality, building parity and democracy, and improving social cohesion in Armenia. ‘Equal rights and equal opportunities are one of the main cornerstones of UNDP’s mandate. Within three dimensions– women’s empowerment, strengthening local government and the promotion of gender equality– we will reach out to main stakeholders and citizens, government, civil society and media in Armenia,’ stated Dafina Gercheva, UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Armenia. The head of the EU delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, also said that the ‘EU is committed to equality between men and women, which is one of our founding values. We believe that by promoting the representation of women in decision-making positions, this project will support a better gender balance and will lead to significant long-term benefits for Armenia, including more innovation, productivity and sustainable development’.
Since its independence in 1991, Armenia has ratified over 50 conventions and other international legal instruments reaffirming its commitment to promote gender equality. The draft law “On state guarantees of equal rights and equal opportunities for men and women” is at present pending approval of the Parliament, and the 2011-2015 Gender policy strategic action planof the Republic of Armenia came into force on 20 May 2011.However, the level of women’s representation and meaningful participation in governance and decision making remains low at the current time. Women comprise 11 percent of MPs and Ministers; however, there are no female governors and city mayors, and none of the 12 communities of Yerevan has female leaders or deputies. Therefore, this three-year project will support the participation of women in local elections, as well as apply a number of innovative methods, techniques and gender transformative programmes, thus reducing gender-specific constraints which women face in social and economic decision-making processes in Armenia. The EU has allocated €525,000 to the initiative.

Gender equality and women empowerment at the local level

On 2 October 2012 the EU and UNDP, in partnership with the Ministry of Territorial administration, initiated the “Promoting equal rights and equal opportunities: Women in local democracy” project to address the challenge of gender equality in Armenia. The initiative is aimed at promoting women’s participation in local elections, building capacity and knowledge of potential local female leaders, accelerating women’s progress towards the realisation of their capacities, advancing gender equality, building parity and democracy, and improving social cohesion in Armenia. ‘Equal rights and equal opportunities are one of the main cornerstones of UNDP’s mandate. Within three dimensions– women’s empowerment, strengthening local government and the promotion of gender equality– we will reach out to main stakeholders and citizens, government, civil society and media in Armenia,’ stated Dafina Gercheva, UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Armenia. The head of the EU delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, also said that the ‘EU is committed to equality between men and women, which is one of our founding values. We believe that by promoting the representation of women in decision-making positions, this project will support a better gender balance and will lead to significant long-term benefits for Armenia, including more innovation, productivity and sustainable development’. Since its independence in 1991, Armenia has ratified over 50 conventions and other international legal instruments reaffirming its commitment to promote gender equality. The draft law “On state guarantees of equal rights and equal opportunities for men and women” is at present pending approval of the Parliament, and the 2011-2015 Gender policy strategic action planof the Republic of Armenia came into force on 20 May 2011.However, the level of women’s representation and meaningful participation in governance and decision making remains low at the current time. Women comprise 11 percent of MPs and Ministers; however, there are no female governors and city mayors, and none of the 12 communities of Yerevan has female leaders or deputies. Therefore, this three-year project will support the participation of women in local elections, as well as apply a number of innovative methods, techniques and gender transformative programmes, thus reducing gender-specific constraints which women face in social and economic decision-making processes in Armenia. The EU has allocated €525,000 to the initiative.