OUR FOCUS

Women Empowerment

& Gender Equality

Overview

The national legislation of Armenia ensures equal rights and opportunities for men and women.  However, as the evidence shows, de jure equality has not yet led to de facto equality. Women are still at a considerable disadvantage compared to men in most spheres of life.

As of 2017, women’s labour force participation is 59.6 percent, 17 percent lower than that of men.  Furthermore, 37.8 percent of young women aged 15-24 are not in education, employment or training, compared to 35.4 percent of young men in the same age group (International, Labour Organization, 2016 report).  As of July 2018, in average, women hold 13 percent of management level jobs (minsters, deputy ministers, governors and deputy governors) in the Armenian public administration sector, whereas they occupy the majority of positions at administrative levels (54 percent as of 2016).

Few women are usually part of decision-making processes in Armenia. Only 18 percent of members of Parliament and only 9.5 percent of local elected office are women. These numbers are far below international standards and the country’s international and national commitments.

Gender inequality is most evident in rural areas, where the prospect of employment is even lower. Women living in rural areas are even more vulnerable due to a lack of access to services, including those that provide support to women at risk of domestic violence or other forms of abuse.

Gender-based violence is still widespread in the country, but there are no efficient mechanisms in place to combat and prevent domestic violence and offer effective remedies to survivors.

Working closely with the Government of Armenia, civil society and international organizations, UNDP in Armenia implements gender-responsive and transformative solutions for women’s leadership, and their representation and participation in decision-making at local and national levels.

Our commitment

Gender equality and women’s empowerment has been at the core of UNDP in Armenia’s work since its inception in 1992. UNDP promotes gender equality by integrating gender equality concerns in all areas of work, in particular, through:

-        delivering opportunities for women’s economic empowerment;

-        engaging women in decision-making in the public sector;

-        exploring opportunities for climate change mitigation and adaptation policies, taking into account the specific experiences and needs of women and men;

-        collaborating with the UN Agencies to address and prevent violence and all forms of discrimination against women and girls; and

-        designing interventions tailored to the specific needs of women and men from disadvantaged minority groups.

UNDP Silver Gender Equality Seal

In 2017, UNDP in Armenia was awarded the Silver Gender Equality Seal, a certification that recognizes the achievements of UNDP Country Offices in mainstreaming gender equality into all their programmes and projects and delivering transformational gender equality results.

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women candidates running for local elections, 96 were the project beneficiaries and out of 99 elected - 72 (73%) were supported by WiLD 2 project.

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