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Supporting Women’s Rights

22 November 2011
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Supporting Women’s RightsTo 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 2010.
The project’s main objective is to support local civil society organisations to create an environment where marginalised women are able protect their rights and take an active part in decision-making processes. So far efforts were undertaken in five areas of the South Caucasus including Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh. Seminars, training sessions and other activities have been organised in 20 target communities. Project manager Anthony Foreman emphasised the importance of cooperation with local authorities, but noted that, unfortunately, in some communities tension between the authorities and civil society exists and may lead to uncertainty in project activities. A joint training targeting further fostering of cooperation between local governments and civil society will be organised in Yerevan to address such issues.
In Armenia a series of events has already taken place in villages and regional centres. On 25 September, the Sisian municipality together with a women’s issues group initiative hosted an exhibition of handicrafts in the newly-reconstructed town square. The women involved said that the project had given them opportunities to demonstrate their abilities and protect their interests. The women’s issues group, headed by Gayane Simonyan, gives juridical and psychological consultations, organises exhibitions and raises rights awareness among women.

The budget for this three-year project amounts to €1,319,988. It is funded by the European Union and Austrian Development Cooperation. CARE International implements the project in Armenia in cooperation with the Armenian Committee of the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly.

Supporting Women’s Rights

Supporting Women’s RightsTo 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 2010. The project’s main objective is to support local civil society organisations to create an environment where marginalised women are able protect their rights and take an active part in decision-making processes. So far efforts were undertaken in five areas of the South Caucasus including Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh. Seminars, training sessions and other activities have been organised in 20 target communities. Project manager Anthony Foreman emphasised the importance of cooperation with local authorities, but noted that, unfortunately, in some communities tension between the authorities and civil society exists and may lead to uncertainty in project activities. A joint training targeting further fostering of cooperation between local governments and civil society will be organised in Yerevan to address such issues. In Armenia a series of events has already taken place in villages and regional centres. On 25 September, the Sisian municipality together with a women’s issues group initiative hosted an exhibition of handicrafts in the newly-reconstructed town square. The women involved said that the project had given them opportunities to demonstrate their abilities and protect their interests. The women’s issues group, headed by Gayane Simonyan, gives juridical and psychological consultations, organises exhibitions and raises rights awareness among women. The budget for this three-year project amounts to €1,319,988. It is funded by the European Union and Austrian Development Cooperation. CARE International implements the project in Armenia in cooperation with the Armenian Committee of the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly. [gallery link="file" columns="3"]