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

23 April 2010
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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 one day. Women’s Month, from March 8 until April7, has become a tradition in the country. It is an opportunity not only to highlight women’s role in society, but also to reflect on challenges to women’s rights. Fifteen years after the groundbreaking Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995, the international community has clear legal norms on the prohibition of discrimination and the active promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The international community is also equipped with bodies that can effectively monitor the implementation of women’s rights.
However, implementation is slow. From a new 10-country study on women’s health and domestic violence conducted by the World Health Organisation, it appears that between 15% and 71% of women reported violence by a husband or partner. Every year, about 5,000 women are murdered by family members in the name of honour worldwide.

Under these conditions, women’s rights mechanisms remain under-exploited. The possibility for individual victims to submit complaints to the UN, for example, is unknown to most women. These are key challenges for the EU human rights policy in third countries, where raising awareness is important. To highlight its commitment to high standards

internally, on March 8 this year the Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on “Eradication of Violence Against Women in the European Union”.

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 one day. Women’s Month, from March 8 until April7, has become a tradition in the country. It is an opportunity not only to highlight women’s role in society, but also to reflect on challenges to women’s rights. Fifteen years after the groundbreaking Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995, the international community has clear legal norms on the prohibition of discrimination and the active promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment. The international community is also equipped with bodies that can effectively monitor the implementation of women’s rights. However, implementation is slow. From a new 10-country study on women’s health and domestic violence conducted by the World Health Organisation, it appears that between 15% and 71% of women reported violence by a husband or partner. Every year, about 5,000 women are murdered by family members in the name of honour worldwide. Under these conditions, women’s rights mechanisms remain under-exploited. The possibility for individual victims to submit complaints to the UN, for example, is unknown to most women. These are key challenges for the EU human rights policy in third countries, where raising awareness is important. To highlight its commitment to high standards internally, on March 8 this year the Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on “Eradication of Violence Against Women in the European Union”.