Kvinna till Kvinna in Armenia
Why we work in Armenia
Armenia and Azerbaijan have been in conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. A ceasefire was negotiated in 1994, but no lasting peace has been reached. Peace talks so far have been conducted almost entirely by men.
Politically, women are poorly represented in Armenia. Only 9% of seats in parliament are held by women, despite a law stipulating at least 1 in 5 electoral candidates should be female.
Economically, there is no right to equal pay for equal work. Many women work both multiple jobs and shoulder the full burden of housework and childcare. Still, they earn just half as much on average as Armenian men.
Maternal mortality rates in Armenia are eight times the EU average. Knowledge about SRHR is poor, and selective abortion of female fetuses a common problem. The majority of Armenians – especially rural women – struggle to access health care.
Nationalism and heavy militarisation have entrenched traditional gender roles in society. Because of this, women’s rights activists and pacifists are often unpopular and face regular threats.
How we support women in Armenia
Together with our partner organisations in Armenia, we work to:
- support women affected by the conflict
- promote trust and understanding between opposing sides of the conflict
- encourage young women and ethnic minority youth to engage in politics
- educate society about women human rights, SRHR and stereotypes
- offer free gynaecological care and specialist referrals
- promote women’s economic empowerment
- prevent gender-based violence and support survivors and their children