Forum of Women Engaged in Local Self-Governance
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia, RA Ministry of Territorial Administration (MTA) and the Armenian Association of Women with University Education (AAWUE) with European Union support, today organized a forum - “Women in Local Self-Governance: Ways of the Participatory Governance Development in Armenia.”
The event is one in the series of initiatives that takes place within the framework of the “Promoting Equal Rights and Equal Opportunities in Armenia: Women in Local Democracy” project, which is implemented by UNDP and financed by the European Union since April 2012.
Prior to the Forum, about eighty elected women from all ten regions of Armenia, serving in local self-government bodies as community heads and council (avagani) members, split into three groups and had parallel working meetings with the RA Ministry of Territorial Administration (hosted by the First Deputy Minister Vache Terteryan), the RA National Assembly Standing Committee on Territorial Management and Local Self-Government (hosted by the Committee Chair Stepan Margaryan) and the RA National Assembly Standing Committee on Protection of Human Rights and Public Affairs (hosted by the Committee Chair Elinar Vardanyan). During these meetings women leaders addressed major problems and challenges they face during their terms in the office and sought solutions to issues of communities’ concern from respective government and legislative bodies.
After the meetings all the groups gathered at the Ani Plaza Hotel, where the representatives of RA National Assembly, RA Ministry of Territorial Administration, EU Delegation in Armenia and UNDP Armenia welcomed the Forum participants, as well as discussed issues and agreements achieved during the morning meetings.
Sophie Kemkhadze, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative a.i., said that “active participation of women in community affairs caters to the needs of various groups to ensure inclusive local decision-making, which enormously contributes to increased level of cohesion and cultivates the spirit of belonging and ownership in the communities.”
The project aims at promoting women’s participation in local elections, building capacity and knowledge of potential local female leaders through number of capacity development activities, innovative methods and techniques, thus reducing gender-specific constraints that women face in social and political decision-making processes in Armenia.
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