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Newsletter – April 2017

Welcome to our quarterly e-newsletter designed to keep you informed of our current
activities. Below we highlight the work we’ve carried out in the past few months to ensure the
safety of women and children victims of domestic violence and advocate for change.

April Newsletter

April 7, 2017

Hasmik Khachatryan Gets Award

Great news! Survivor & WSC beneficiary Hasmik Khachatryan received an award from the UNFPA Armenia for the courage she found in herself to break the cycle of violence. This award was presented within the scope of event organized by the Prime Minister to encourage best businesswomen of Armenia. After escaping abuse and near death, she worked with our staff to overcome trauma and enrolled in our economic empowerment program. Defying all odds, she is now a single working mother with a thriving small business baking traditional Armenian sweets. We are so happy for Hasmik!


March 21, 2017


March 15, 2017

Russia’s Dirty Play: OP-ED by Maro Matosian

March 15, 2017

New Case of Femicide: Discussion at Azatutyun Radio

Our project coordinator Hasmik Gevorgyan participated in a discussion at Azatutyun radio which was dedicated to the recent horrible murder in the Manusaryan family. Sadly, abused woman went to the Police for several times and asked for help, however this did not stop the abuser. Hasmik emphasized that the Police does not have enough functions that would allow effective DV prevention. This is yet another terrific evidence that the DV law is an urgent issue and prolongation costs lives.
The discussion is available here: http://www.azatutyun.am/a/27858600.html

July 18, 2016


On July 15th, WSC’s Executive Director Maro Matosian was a penalist at the conference organized by Partnership for Open Society. The discussion was dedicated to the perspectives of civil society on EU-Armenia Relations. Maro Matosian presented women rights and budgeting needs in Armenia.

July 18, 2016

Protest in front of the Court

On June 13th, the staff of Women’s Support Center took part in a protest together with the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women in front of the Administrative Court of Shengavit. The protest aimed to raise public awareness about ineffectiveness of our court systems, which made it possible for the abuser to murder the mother of his wife and to heavily injure the father and the wife. Absence of DV law costs lives, the adoption of the DV law should not be postponed.

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July 18, 2016

Press Conference Dedicated to Femicide Report

Yesterday a press conference took place at Media Center that was dedicated to the first femicide report in Armenia. The report is sponsored by the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women, and the author of the report is Women’s Support Center’s data analyst Ani Jilozian. Here are several most important points from the report:
· From 2010 to 2015 there were at least 30 cases of femicide in Armenia
· From 30 cases at least in 19 women were killed either by means of a knife or a blunt object

· 26 murders were carried out at home
A law criminalizing domestic violence and mechanisms of referral and treatment of domestic violence cases is absolutely critical in sending a strong message that criminalized behavior is unacceptable in Armenian society.
The press conference is available in Armenian language here:


The report in English is available here:


May 31, 2016

WSC Researcher and Writer Ani Jilozian authored Armenia’s first ever femicide report, published by the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women, which records the death of women killed by intimate partners and family members and sheds light on acts of violence that are uniquely experienced by women in Armenia. Describing in depth the lethality risk factors and systemic impunity and injustice in the Armenian context, the report is intended to be used as a tool for change in the community. You can find the report here: http://coalitionagainstviolence.org/en/femicide-en/

May 16, 2016

Positive Thinking Session

The Women’s Support Center organized an event on positive thinking on March 19th at Akanat Cafe. Around thirty women’s rights activists, engaged citizens, students, and professionals from a variety of fields participated and shared their experiences with one another. Psychologist and conflict resolution specialist Arshaluys Mushkambaryan led the workshop and spoke about the generational transmission of trauma and the power of positive thinking and shared positive coping strategies with the group.

March 26, 2016