6 Promote gender equality and empower women

Where we are

Empowering women to play a bigger role in community affairs

Target 4: Increase, by 2015, Women’s Participation in Political Decision Making

Achievement status:
In February 2010 Gender Policy Concept Paper was approved by the Government to become the
first ever national strategic document of the primary importance, which defines main directions and general strategy of a state policy with relation to men and women and refers to the equal enjoyment of rights and opportunities by all citizens in all spheres of social life regardless of their sex.

The proportion of women in the whole of the economically active population in Armenia was estimated at 45.4% in 2006, vs. 54.6% of men. The average monthly nominal wage for women comprised 48,343 AMD in 2006, compared to 81,625AMD for men.

Although the quotas for the participation of women in the electoral lists of political parties were established in the electoral law (not less than 15%), the proportion of female members of the National Assembly, ministers, governors and deputy ministers increased only by 2.7 percentage points during the period from 2004 to 2008.

At the community level, the participation of women in decision making is influenced indirectly by the overall level of the political participation of women in the country on the one hand, and by the local traditions related to the roles of women and men in society on the other.

The current situation and the enabling environment cannot ensure the achievement of MDG 3 by 2015.


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Targets for MDG3
  1. Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015
    • Ratios of girls to boys in primary, secondary and tertiary education
    • Share of women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector
    • Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament