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Representation and Participation in the Political Parties and Political Initiatives in Armenia: Gender Analyses


In 2015-2016 Women's Resource Center will be conducting a survey on representation and participation of men and women in the political particle and political initiatives in Armenia. Survey is conducted with the support of Academic Swiss Caucasus Network

Short Description:

Participation of women in the political life is determined by different factors, ranging from structural and institutional to cultural and social-psychological. Institutional design of the political organizations and groups, transparency and decision making process within political institutions plays significant role in promoting/limiting women's political career. Different surveys conducted in Armenia show that the factors preventing women's political involvement are: 1) family responsibilities; 2) gender stereotype and gender roles; 3) economic dependence of women; 4) unfavourable political culture; 5) lack of social capital among women; 6) law self-esteem of women. One of the main factors that influence advancement of women in political life and in society in general is an institutional design of a political party or political initiative. Nonetheless, formal representation of women in the politics remain very low in Armenia for past decades after independence. At the same time, women became more involved and active in the civic and political initiatives that are less institutionalized, structured and have more transparent procedures of decision-making and resource distribution.

Goal of the proposed research is to study obstacle and opportunities for women's advancement in the political parties and political initiatives in Armenia. Based on several surveys on women's political advancement conducted in Armenia, we can conclude that the way political parties function is not very favorable for women. Especially, because politics often based on non-formal male dominated connections and networks in Armenia, women are finding themselves marginalized and excluded from those networks.


Following the Tracks of Armenian Literature in İstanbul before 1915 and Turkish Literature


Slide1NEYYA- Nükhet Eren Creative Writing Workshop is visiting Yerevan to create a common language in literature, which is the key to go beyond borders, by comprehensive study of the works of Armenian writers before 1915.

4 women from NEYYA group will give a talk at Women's Recource Center on the below writers and books:

Yıkıntılar Arasında (Among the Ruins) and Silahtarın Bahçeleri (The Gardens of Silihtar) by Zabel Yesayan . Osmanlı Meclisinde Bir Ermeni Mebus - Hikayeler, (Short Stories- An Armenian in Ottoman Parliament), and Hayat, Olduğu Gibi (Life as it is) by Krikor Zohrab. Bağdasar Ağpar - Haşmetli Dilenciler (Bağdasar Ağpar- Honorable Beggars) and Şark Dişçisi (The Oriental Dentist) by Hagop Baronyan.


''Zabel'' a play. 02.06.2015


zabelafis with time and logo1 1''Zabel'' is a play based on Zabel Yesayan's memoirs, The Gardens of Silihtar and Among the Ruins. Play begins with her return to İstanbul in 1921 and remembering her past.

She recalls her home and her life in Scutari district in İstanbul. She remembers the day she had born, her childhood and adolescence, her relation with her mother, grandmother and aunts, how she decided to be a writer and how she went to Adana in 1909. In short, the play concentrates on her life story between 1878 and 1915.

''Zabel'' is staged by actors and musicians from Boğaziçi University Women's Studies Club and Boğaziçi Perfroming Arts Ensemble.