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Women in Local Democracy Workshop

2 December 2015
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From 29 November to 1 December 2015, a three-day workshop was organised within the framework of the “Women in Local Democracy” (WiLD) project, which is funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP. Efforts are under way to strengthen the synergies between the project’s activities, ongoing and planned national reforms. To complement this, several key topics were explored: women’s participation, responsibilities and application of principles of accountability, transparency, and integrity in local governance processes.

On 1 December the workshop came to an end, and the closing ceremony was attended by the Head of the EU Delegation, Ambassador Piotr Antoni Świtalski, the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Armenia, Bradley Busetto, and the First Deputy Minister of the Armenian Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations, Vache Terteryan.

Ambassador Świtalski said that, after working visits to Armenian marzes, he had noted that women were not widely represented in local governance: ARS_9293 ‘In many ways Armenia is a country of untapped potential. In particular, the potential of women is not fully used. However, Armenia will benefit from tapping into women’s full capacity through engaging women in local democracy processes and in politics, and also through empowering them to be part of civil society. Compared to men, women are frequently better diplomats – if you want to live in a peaceful society, then involve women!’

Busetto spoke about the importance of the WiLD’s activities: ‘UNDP’s previous and ongoing experience in advancing women’s leadership has shown that women involved at the community level have more opportunities and appetite to engage in decision making. They have the level of knowledge and the interest in shaping the decisions that impact their lives and communities. 2016 is a crucial year, since local elections will be taking place in more than 500 communities.  ARS_9318It is essential to maintain the momentum and continue to offer support to the women with whom we have worked’.
First Deputy Minister of RA Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations Vache Terteryan also highlighted the importance of women’s potential. “This is the team that should support us to discover and use women resource.”

Women’s political involvement in local governance level is low. Only 17 out of 915 community leaders are women, and only 8.6% of the total number of city council members are women.

WiLD has supported 1,500 active women by preparing them for local governance elections and by building capacity. Beneficiaries include 135 women candidates in local governance elections, 82 of whom have been selected as community leaders and city council members.

Women in Local Democracy Workshop

From 29 November to 1 December 2015, a three-day workshop was organised within the framework of the “Women in Local Democracy” (WiLD) project, which is funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP. Efforts are under way to strengthen the synergies between the project’s activities, ongoing and planned national reforms. To complement this, several key topics were explored: women's participation, responsibilities and application of principles of accountability, transparency, and integrity in local governance processes. On 1 December the workshop came to an end, and the closing ceremony was attended by the Head of the EU Delegation, Ambassador Piotr Antoni Świtalski, the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Armenia, Bradley Busetto, and the First Deputy Minister of the Armenian Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations, Vache Terteryan. Ambassador Świtalski said that, after working visits to Armenian marzes, he had noted that women were not widely represented in local governance: ARS_9293 ‘In many ways Armenia is a country of untapped potential. In particular, the potential of women is not fully used. However, Armenia will benefit from tapping into women’s full capacity through engaging women in local democracy processes and in politics, and also through empowering them to be part of civil society. Compared to men, women are frequently better diplomats – if you want to live in a peaceful society, then involve women!’ Busetto spoke about the importance of the WiLD’s activities: ‘UNDP’s previous and ongoing experience in advancing women’s leadership has shown that women involved at the community level have more opportunities and appetite to engage in decision making. They have the level of knowledge and the interest in shaping the decisions that impact their lives and communities. 2016 is a crucial year, since local elections will be taking place in more than 500 communities.  ARS_9318It is essential to maintain the momentum and continue to offer support to the women with whom we have worked’. First Deputy Minister of RA Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations Vache Terteryan also highlighted the importance of women’s potential. “This is the team that should support us to discover and use women resource.” Women’s political involvement in local governance level is low. Only 17 out of 915 community leaders are women, and only 8.6% of the total number of city council members are women. WiLD has supported 1,500 active women by preparing them for local governance elections and by building capacity. Beneficiaries include 135 women candidates in local governance elections, 82 of whom have been selected as community leaders and city council members.