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CIVIL SOCIETY PERSPECTIVES ON EU-ARMENIA RELATIONS

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nbw99fdlbFg

The report in English is available here:

http://coalitionagainstviolence.org/en/femicide-en/

May 31, 2016