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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 at the “Spitak Helsinki Group” NGO’s office. This project is being financed by the EU and implemented by the Near East Foundation UK and the Gegharkunik Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The project will be implemented in Yerevan, Syunik and Lori regions to improve protection, gender equality, agency, and economic independence for women survivors of gender-based violence (GBV).
The official launch of the project was in February 2015 in Yerevan, and the implementing organisations are raising awareness on the project in other regions of Armenia. The first event was in Spitak, Lori region.
The Project Director, Arpine Baghdoyan, presented the project, its activities, timeframe, and the expected impact. The aim of the project is to help 200 GBV-survivors be more employable, gain small business skills, and access economic opportunities safely. As a result of the project, 60 women will be offered tailored vocational training with accredited certificates; 120 will receive targeted business and financial support to start their own micro-businesses; 80 will be offered tailored employment development support. The project is aimed at increasing confidence and self-reliance amongst survivors, so that women can make the choices and shape the choices that affect their lives effectively.
2Z4A9774The “Advancing Gender Equality and the Rights of Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in Armenia” project will be implemented with four partner civil society organisations. Their role is to engage the public, support groups, employers, and other civil society and market actors across many sectors in joint actions, dialogue, and training on the norms, safe workspaces, and protection strategies linked to economic opportunities. The project will build commitment to preventing GBV and promoting gender equality among community leaders and employers.
The project is due to be completed by 20 January 2017; it has an overall budget of €342,711; 95% of the budget is funded by the EU.

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.