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Women in Local Democracy

21 December 2012

On 8 November 2012 a seminar on women in parity democracy was organised by the EU-funded and UNDP implemented “Women in local democracy” project. The aim was to highlight the problems of women elected to local self-government bodies, and to discuss and develop solutions in order to promote the effectiveness of local institutions. The conference involved female community heads and members of local councils, representatives from the project and the Armenian Ministry of Territorial Administration.
During the seminar participants shared their thoughts, concerns and practices, and tried to find out ways to promote the participation of women in local governance through new ideas and approaches. The main result of the seminar was the creation of a network for the collaboration of female community heads and members of local councils. Jemma Hasratyan, the President of the Association of Women with University Education, welcomed guests, stressing the importance of women’s participation in building democracy. Hermineh Naghdalyan, Vice-president of the National Assembly of Armenia, said that the last elections of local bodies on 9 and 23 September improved women’s participation.
During the conference key data highlighted the growth in the number of female community heads and members of local councils. In comparison with the results of the previous elections, from the 580 women nominated as community members, 396 had been elected, which means that two out of three women nominated had won the elections. In the overall number of community members, women constitute 8.3%, which is 2% more than the previous elections.

“Promoting equal rights and equal opportunities in Armenia: Women in local democracy” is a three-year project, launched in October 2012, which supports the participation of women in local elections and applies a number of innovative methods to reduce gender-specific constraints that women face in social and economic decision-making processes in Armenia. The EU has allocated €525,000 to the initiative.

Women in Local Democracy

On 8 November 2012 a seminar on women in parity democracy was organised by the EU-funded and UNDP implemented “Women in local democracy” project. The aim was to highlight the problems of women elected to local self-government bodies, and to discuss and develop solutions in order to promote the effectiveness of local institutions. The conference involved female community heads and members of local councils, representatives from the project and the Armenian Ministry of Territorial Administration. During the seminar participants shared their thoughts, concerns and practices, and tried to find out ways to promote the participation of women in local governance through new ideas and approaches. The main result of the seminar was the creation of a network for the collaboration of female community heads and members of local councils. Jemma Hasratyan, the President of the Association of Women with University Education, welcomed guests, stressing the importance of women’s participation in building democracy. Hermineh Naghdalyan, Vice-president of the National Assembly of Armenia, said that the last elections of local bodies on 9 and 23 September improved women’s participation. During the conference key data highlighted the growth in the number of female community heads and members of local councils. In comparison with the results of the previous elections, from the 580 women nominated as community members, 396 had been elected, which means that two out of three women nominated had won the elections. In the overall number of community members, women constitute 8.3%, which is 2% more than the previous elections. “Promoting equal rights and equal opportunities in Armenia: Women in local democracy” is a three-year project, launched in October 2012, which supports the participation of women in local elections and applies a number of innovative methods to reduce gender-specific constraints that women face in social and economic decision-making processes in Armenia. The EU has allocated €525,000 to the initiative. [gallery link="file"]