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Presentation by Maro Matosian in Philadelphia

On March 19th Executive Director of WSC Maro Matosian gave a presentation in Philadelphia to the local ARS chapters and President of ARS International Caroline Chamamvonian on the status of women in Armenia. The audience was engaged and eager to support our efforts to combat gender inequality and domestic violence in Armenia.

March 26, 2016

Our Executive Director Maro Matosian at the 60th UN Commission on the Status of Women

On March 14 WSC Executive Director Maro Matosian presented a paper at the 60th UN Commission on the Status of Women on a panel sponsored by the Armenian International Women’s Association entitled “Challenges and successes of economic empowerment in Armenia”. During this time, Maro discussed the challenges that women face in achieving economic empowerment as well as the need for policy reform and greater safety nets for Armenian women.

March 26, 2016

Living Feminism: An Open Discussion on Feminism in our Everyday Lives

The Women’s Support Center organized an event on March 15th at Aeon cafe entitled “Living Feminism: An Open Discussion on Feminism in our Everyday Lives”. Panelists Armine Arakelian, a political scientist and international lawyer, Anna Shahnazaryan, a feminist and environmental activist, and Florence Low, a feminist activist who studies the representation of women in media, came together to talk about their personal experiences that have shaped their feminism, the significance of International Women’s Day, and thoughts about the burgeoning women’s movement in Armenia. Thirty individuals from various backgrounds participated in the discussion and shared their views on creating safe spaces, politicizing feminist ethics, and strategies to act against the countermovement, among other themes. Many expressed interest in continuing the dialogue and organizing similar open discussions on a regular basis.

March 26, 2016

March 8: a Good Day for Voicing Concerns

Our executive director Maro Matosian and WSC data analyist Ani Jilozian published an article on occasion of March 8 . This article is a reminder that March 8 should be a day for raising important issues concerning women’s rights and voicing about inequality exisitng in the Armenian society.
Check out the article here: http://armenianweekly.com/2016/03/08/armenian-women-today-2016/

March 14, 2016


The importance of adopting a DV law for ensuring human rights protection in Armenia was the topic of a conference organized by the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women. WSC lawyer Nona Galstyan stressed the vital role that adoption of DV legislation plays for Armenia. “Whether this specific draft law will be adopted or any other law will be written doesn’t matter. What matters is that the essential provisions we have been advocating for are included into the law.” It’s also important to mention that DV victims were present at the conference, one of whom raised her voice and told everyone that she has been battered by her husband every single day and is not protected by the police or other authorities.

March 11, 2016

Our executive director Maro Matosian held a series of successful presentations in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She presented the obstacles that battered women face in Armenia as a result of the absence of a domestic violence law. She also presented the facts about domestic violence in Armenia and shared the experience of Women’s Support Center in assisting victims. These meetings served as an important opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience and encourage people to join our mission of ending domestic violence in Armenia.

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February 18, 2016

Our 5th anniversary

Women’s Support Center celebrated its 5th anniversary with staff, friends, supporters, donors, and colleagues. We’ve come a long way since 2010 to the point where now we are considered a premier domestic violence center in Armenia. The past 5 years have been full of achievements and challenges, joyful moments and disappointments. Although sometimes protecting the rights of DV victims feels almost impossible given the absence of a DV law and mechanisms in Armenia, nevertheless we’ve overcome a number of difficulties. In reflecting on the past 5 years, we realize that our driving force has always been the success of our beneficiaries. We feel inspired to continue our efforts whenever we see a woman, who at first comes to us feeling helpless and lacks control over her life, become empowered to live a life free of violence. We are thankful to all our friends, partners, supporters, and donors for being with us at every step of the way. We will continue being faithful to our mission of creating a zero-tolerance policy towards domestic violence and invite you to join in our effort.
The Women’s Support Center staff gathered in Tsaghkadzor on September 10-12th to do a five-year overview and capacity building of our team. We also invited Anahit Mkhoyan to assist us in strategic organisational planning.
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November 27, 2015

The Women’s Support Center staff gathered in Tsaghkadzor on September 10-12th to do a five-year overview and capacity building of our team. We also invited Anahit Mkhoyan to assist us in strategic organisational planning.

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September 19, 2015

Summer Activities at the Women’s Support Center



Dr. Ruzanna Ohanjanian condicting training with psychologists

This summer the Women’s Support Center hosted two training sessions led by US professionals specializing in the field of domestic violence and social work.

The first training took place from June 17th to 24th entitled “Domestic Violence Service Provider Intensive Training”. The training was conducted by Dr. Ruzanna Ohanjanian who is a lecturer and trainer. Ruzanna does psychological counseling and treatment intervention. Also, she is the author of more than thirty professional publications and presentations. The training offered practical skills to psychologists in the field dealing with the survivors of DV and taught new techniques in dealing with the client.

The second training took place from July 8th to 17th entitled “Capacity Building for the Women’s Support Center Team”. This five-day training was led by social worker and trainer Nayiri Nahapetyan. Nayiri is teaching at California State University, School of Social Work. She is also the president of the board of education of the Glendale School District. The Women’s Support Center gained valuable information and skills on team management, communication skills, and problem solving.

The WSC continues to improve the quality of its services by providing training to its own staff as well as to professionals in the field to strengthen the response to domestic violence victims in Armenia.


Nayiri Nahapetyan doing a team-building workshop

July 22, 2015

Domestic Violence Case Trial

Domestic Violence Case Trial

After a one year trial, Hasmik Khachatryan’s domestic violence case against her husband of nine years went to the Republic of Armenian Court of Appeals and is currently being examined. The ex-husband consistently and severely beat her, broke several of her bones, extinguished cigarettes on her body, and threated to kill her and her parents. The first instance court, despite all evidence pointing towards extreme domestic abuse, ignored the facts and condemned the perpetrator to a minimal one and half year prison time. Later, the abuser fell under the general presidential amnesty and thus he was set free. After the pardon, the abuser continued his violent behavior and attempted to burn down his parent’s house causing them material and physical harm, for which he is currently in police custody.

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March 24, 2015