Sexual violence awareness month: APRIL
April is a usual month for most of us, for some it is a beautiful spring month, for some it is memorable as April fool's day, for others it is named "Ahekan" by the old Armenian calendar, but few of us know that April is also known as a sexual violence awareness month. Thus, different people and organizations worldwide are organizing numerous events in order to enhance the dissemination of information on sexual violence.
But how come that April became a sexual violence awareness month?
Today the Republic of Armenia does not have a specialized court system.
Today the Republic of Armenia does not have a specialized court system. Certainly, it is connected with extensive financial expenses. However, there are legal situations where need of specialized judges are authentically necessary. Primarily it relates to marriage disputes, since the human factor issues analysis is prior to the analysis of the relevant legal documents.
Judges who took specialized training in the treatment of domestic disputes and their psychological characteristics are rarely to be met both in Yerevan and particularly in regions.
It should not be forgotten that the cases are concerning personal lives of individuals, where frequently minors are being affected, as well as bitterly emotions are always present. During litigation this fact is becoming a barrier to the possible effective communication between the parties and the court, in which case parties are mainly avoiding being present alone in the court hearing, without their legal representatives and they do not trust the court and they do not believe in the equity of the justice system.
Cooperation with Orran Charitable NGO
In 2014 Women's Resource Center NGO has started cooperation with "Orran" Charitable NGO. "Orran" is working with children from socially vulnerable families and their parents. The aim of this cooperation is to raise awareness of organization's beneficiaries about various important issues and prevention measures existing in Armenia.
In frames of this cooperation meetings are conducted with the mothers with following thematic: child care, domestic violence, especially punishment and other methods of child rearing.
Taking into account that "Orran" Charitable NGO is working primarily with school age children (aged: 6-16) each meeting-training is being organized by considering the specificities of the given age group.
Meetings with children are aimed to provide them with skills in order to avoid abuse as well as discussions on important issues such as hygiene etc.