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The EU Delegation to Armenia and the Armenian Young Women’s Association (AYWA) organised a press briefing for journalists on 11 March 2015 in Akhtala within the framework of the EU-funded project called “Social and economic empowerment of women in Armenia”. The aim of the event was to introduce the public to ongoing achievements of the project and to celebrate International Women’s Day together.
The head of AWYA, Lilit Asatryan, spoke about the EU’s support for women’s empowerment in Armenia: ‘About 140 women and young ladies have taken part in training courses as part of the project. Overall, about 62 business ideas have been introduced by the participants, 12 of which are group tasks. 14 of the introduced projects have received positive feedback and have been implemented by women: 1 project in Akhtala and 2 in Alaverdi. The other 11 projects that received positive feedback are awaiting final approval with regard to registration and documentation; they will also receive financing in the form of a grant’.
ARS_3253Three women have already received financial support under the project. Armenouhi Mamyan’s bakery was reopened after technical support provision. Irina Israelyan received financial support for developing a hostel business and founding a camping area. Finally, equipment for baking production was provided to Anahit Jaghinyan.
Besides the above mentioned, there is also one project that has received a grant in Akhtala which is a social entrepreneurship project through which a Puppet Theatre was founded. Previously, puppet theatre performances had to be organised in different communities across Lori region.
The Deputy Governor of Lori, Arsen Darbinyan, and the Mayor of Akhtala, Hayk Khachikyan, were present at the event. They actively offered support during project implementation together with the heads of the Akhtala and Alaverdi communities. ‘It will be very good if such kind of projects would continue, because women’s social issues are being solved with their help. These projects are very important for all of us,’ stated Darbinyan.
ARS_3244The Lori regional communities of Aktala, Alaverdi, Shamlugh, Shnogh, Teghut, Medz Ayrum, Odzun, Haghpat, Chochkan and Akori founded “Women’s Councils” within the framework of the project. These councils have actively been taking part in community life, in decision-making processes, in raising awareness on women’s problems, and in solving these problems in cooperation with the wider community.
The EU contribution to the project is €768,357. The programme is being implemented by AYWA, Italian NGO “CISP”, the Office of the Governor of Lori, and the municipality of Vanadzor. The duration of the project is three years, until April 2016.
At the end of the event, a theatre troupe founded within the framework of the project performed “Little Red Riding Hood”.

On 5 August a presentation on a Local Economic Development (LED) model for Spitak and its neighbouring communities took place in Spitak, Lori marz. The event was organised by the Armenian Young Women Association (AYWA) within the framework of the project called “Social and Economic Empowerment of Women in Armenia”, financed by the European Union.

The communities included in the LED were Lernantsk, Jrashen, Lernavan, Saramej, Shirakamut, Geghasar, Sarahart, Shenavan, Kharadzor, and Ghursali.

Economic development stakeholders from the communities took part in the event, including representatives from the local authorities, the private sector, and civil society. ‘We are glad that AYWA has been able to work with not one but a wider group of communities, at the same time noting the prospects for community development and cooperation between them,’ said President of AYWA Lilit Asatryan. She added that, through LED, model development involving all stakeholders would enable transfer of socio-economic knowledge, as well as would encourage and promote community participation.
Economic development directions and perspectives, competitive advantages, existing and potential economic relations, and local resource-based projects and steps were presented and discussed during the event. These will support the local economic development in the communities concerned. Results of ongoing initiatives were presented by the local team and external experts.

Small-scale local economic projects are developed as part of the project, aimed at strengthening economic growth among communities. These projects are based on the competitive advantages of individual communities. Using the LED model, educational and awareness-raising training, workshops and discussions will be conducted to foster entrepreneurship among women. Additionally, direct financial assistance coming from the EU will be provided to project beneficiaries for business projects to promote the local economy.