Women in Lori to sustain the economy of the region | EUNewsletter

Women in Lori to sustain the economy of the region

15 March 2014
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A presentation on a local economic development (LED) model for Akhtala and the neighbouring communities of Shamlough, Ayrum and Chochkan was held on 7 March 2014 in Akhtala. The presentation was organised within the framework of the “Social and Economic Empowerment of Women in Armenia” project, which is implemented by the “Armenian Young Women’s Association” (AYWA) NGO and financed by the European Union.
Irina Movsesyan, Representative of the EU Delegation to Armenia, valued the active involvement of local authorities in Lori and Akhtala in the project highly, stating that: ‘The EU is implementing many projects in Armenia aimed at human rights; however, for us, this project occupies a special place because of its purpose – the promotion of women rights and particular skills that will help them to sustain their social and economic independence’.
Prior to the presentation, a research group had been established among representatives of the local population to create a LED. Over the course of one month they developed a LED scheme based on the following three sectors: mining, tourism, and the berry and fruits industry. Taking into account existing advantages and problems in these three spheres in Akhtala and its neighbouring communities, the project organisers aimed to involve locally active women to establish their own businesses, which would help to gradually solve community issues.
Project participants include community economic development stakeholders, such as local authorities, the private sector and civil society representatives. During the presentation, the president of AYWA, Lilit Asatryan, expressed her admiration for the support received by the local people: ‘The research was implemented within the framework of this project and we have published a guidebook that includes the results of the research. This is an excellent source for all potential investors, especially for those who would like to make investments in solving social-economic problems in Akhtala and its environs. The next step of the project will be to organise business planning training’.
Along with LED models, educational and awareness-raising training, workshops and discussions will be conducted to promote entrepreneurship among women. Financial assistance will also be provided to project beneficiaries in order to implement business projects and promote community development. Furthermore, the project will be expanded to other parts of Lori region to empower local Armenian businesswomen.
The 2013-2016 “Social and Economic Empowerment of Women in Armenia” project contributes to the promotion of women’s social and economic empowerment in Lori region to improve women’s social-economic situation. The project is funded by the European Union with a three-year budget of €768,357.95.

Women in Lori to sustain the economy of the region

A presentation on a local economic development (LED) model for Akhtala and the neighbouring communities of Shamlough, Ayrum and Chochkan was held on 7 March 2014 in Akhtala. The presentation was organised within the framework of the “Social and Economic Empowerment of Women in Armenia” project, which is implemented by the “Armenian Young Women’s Association” (AYWA) NGO and financed by the European Union. Irina Movsesyan, Representative of the EU Delegation to Armenia, valued the active involvement of local authorities in Lori and Akhtala in the project highly, stating that: ‘The EU is implementing many projects in Armenia aimed at human rights; however, for us, this project occupies a special place because of its purpose – the promotion of women rights and particular skills that will help them to sustain their social and economic independence’. Prior to the presentation, a research group had been established among representatives of the local population to create a LED. Over the course of one month they developed a LED scheme based on the following three sectors: mining, tourism, and the berry and fruits industry. Taking into account existing advantages and problems in these three spheres in Akhtala and its neighbouring communities, the project organisers aimed to involve locally active women to establish their own businesses, which would help to gradually solve community issues. Project participants include community economic development stakeholders, such as local authorities, the private sector and civil society representatives. During the presentation, the president of AYWA, Lilit Asatryan, expressed her admiration for the support received by the local people: ‘The research was implemented within the framework of this project and we have published a guidebook that includes the results of the research. This is an excellent source for all potential investors, especially for those who would like to make investments in solving social-economic problems in Akhtala and its environs. The next step of the project will be to organise business planning training’. Along with LED models, educational and awareness-raising training, workshops and discussions will be conducted to promote entrepreneurship among women. Financial assistance will also be provided to project beneficiaries in order to implement business projects and promote community development. Furthermore, the project will be expanded to other parts of Lori region to empower local Armenian businesswomen. The 2013-2016 “Social and Economic Empowerment of Women in Armenia” project contributes to the promotion of women’s social and economic empowerment in Lori region to improve women’s social-economic situation. The project is funded by the European Union with a three-year budget of €768,357.95.