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Women in local self-governance

15 May 2013

On 16 April a forum called “Women in Local Self-governance: Ways to Develop Participatory Governance in Armenia” was organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia, Armenia’s Ministry of Territorial Administration (MTA), and the Armenian Association of Women with University Education as part of the EU-funded “Women in local democracy” project.
The forum was attended by the representatives of Armenia’s National Assembly, MTA, the EU Delegation to Armenia, and UNDP Armenia.
The project is aimed at promoting women’s participation in local elections and building capacity and knowledge of potential local female leaders through innovative methods and techniques, thus reducing gender-specific constraints which women face in social and political decision-making processes in Armenia.
The EU Delegation to Armenia’s representative, Monica Papyan, stressed that the EU was committed to gender equality, a European Union founding value: ‘We believe that, by promoting the representation of women in decision-making positions, this project will support significant, long-term benefits for Armenia, including more innovation, productivity and sustainability’. She added that the systematic integration of women into local governance would promote democratic processes.

About eighty women elected to local self-government bodies from all ten regions of Armenia, had attended a series of meetings before the forum. They had been split into three groups and had had parallel working meetings with MTA, hosted by First Deputy Minister Vache Terteryan, Armenia’s National Assembly Standing Committee on Territorial Management and Local Self-Government, hosted by Committee Chair Stepan Margaryan, and Armenia’s National Assembly Standing Committee on protection of Human Rights and Public Affairs, hosted by Committee Chair Elinar Vardanyan.

During these meetings, the women leaders addressed major problems and the challenges they face in office, and sought solutions to issues concerning government and legislative bodies.

Women in local self-governance

On 16 April a forum called "Women in Local Self-governance: Ways to Develop Participatory Governance in Armenia" was organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia, Armenia’s Ministry of Territorial Administration (MTA), and the Armenian Association of Women with University Education as part of the EU-funded "Women in local democracy" project. The forum was attended by the representatives of Armenia's National Assembly, MTA, the EU Delegation to Armenia, and UNDP Armenia. The project is aimed at promoting women’s participation in local elections and building capacity and knowledge of potential local female leaders through innovative methods and techniques, thus reducing gender-specific constraints which women face in social and political decision-making processes in Armenia. The EU Delegation to Armenia's representative, Monica Papyan, stressed that the EU was committed to gender equality, a European Union founding value: ‘We believe that, by promoting the representation of women in decision-making positions, this project will support significant, long-term benefits for Armenia, including more innovation, productivity and sustainability'. She added that the systematic integration of women into local governance would promote democratic processes. About eighty women elected to local self-government bodies from all ten regions of Armenia, had attended a series of meetings before the forum. They had been split into three groups and had had parallel working meetings with MTA, hosted by First Deputy Minister Vache Terteryan, Armenia’s National Assembly Standing Committee on Territorial Management and Local Self-Government, hosted by Committee Chair Stepan Margaryan, and Armenia’s National Assembly Standing Committee on protection of Human Rights and Public Affairs, hosted by Committee Chair Elinar Vardanyan. During these meetings, the women leaders addressed major problems and the challenges they face in office, and sought solutions to issues concerning government and legislative bodies.