Persecution And Threats Towards Women’s Rights Defenders And Threat To Freedom Of Association And Expression In Armenia
Following the adoption of the law number 57 on "Equal Rights and Equal Opportunities for Men and Women" by the Armenian Parliament in May 2013, a heated debate started around the concept of "gender" and "equality".
Extremist groups started disseminating misinformation on social networks sites, targeting women's non-governmental organizations and women's rights defenders in Armenia. In order to spread hate and fear in society, these groups are manipulating the wording of the law and associating "gender equality" with homosexuality propaganda and pedophilia. Women's rights defenders are called "traitors of the nation", "destroyers of families" and a "threat to Armenian values" and promoters of sexual abuse towards children and minors.
Almost anyone daring to speak about "gender" issues or women's rights is being mocked and ridiculed online and broadcast media. Their photos are being circulated so people will identify them and attack them. Some of our members who have been targeted are afraid for their lives and security and taking extreme measures to stay safe.
In the face of this hysteria, Parliament members who adopted almost unanimously the law on gender equality is remaining silent and no concrete steps are taken by the government to protect and support the women's rights defenders and those working on gender equality.
Attention: The “Women’s Resource Center” is hiring for a part time program assistant position.
Dear Women's Resource Center members, volunteers and interested parties. The WRC is preparing to implement a new program: "Empowering women's political participation in the regions," for which a program assistant is needed.
A contract will be signed for the duration of 6 months in the event of admitting a part time professional for the position. Work activities will begin from August 10th and applications are being accepted until September 1st.
The qualifications are as follows:
Pay attention to changes of WRCA's working days.
Dear WRCA members we would like to inform You than from now on the center will be open from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m till 7 p.m.
Besides, the Women's Resource Center will cease its operations on August 16 and resume to September 2 :
We wish you all a pleasant summer holiday.
Sincerely WRCA staff
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