April – Sexual Assault Awareness Month
For most of us April is a simple month. For some it's a beautiful month, for others spring's first day is known as a fool's day, but only few know that April is also a sexual violence awareness month. Different people from different countries and organizations are organizing various events for spreading information about sexual violence and for raising awareness.
During the march "Get back our night" in 1976 women came out and walked along the streets, which were not available for them, in places where it was more likely to become a victim of sexual violence. Later on that march became the basis of April activities. In 1980 sexual violence awarness was elected to be held in April and in 1990 April became sexual awareness month. In 2000 turquoise ribbon was chosen as a symbol of sexual violence awareness. So, April gives the opportunity to speak up the problem of sexual violence and to help those who became the victim of sexual violence.
WOMEN IN BETWEEN CONFLICT AND PEACE PROCESSES.
On 2th of April, 2015, at 18:00 a meeting will be held on the following topic: ''Women in between Conflict and Peace Processes'' at Women Resource Center. The frames of discussion include women's role in armed conflict and the negative impact of the conflict on women. The most highlighted issue of the meeting is the role of Armenian women in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The facilitator of the meeting is WRC staff member Knarik Mkrtchyan, who works at WRC as coordinator of peace building projects. The language of the meeting is Armenian.
Linking self-care to feminist movement building (Integrated Security Workshop)
The main purpose of this meeting is to consider self-care and well-being as the basis of feminist movement formation. The inner pressure lives in our relationship, in our movement, and it's necessary to make it visible and discuss its impact on both our personal lives and our movement. Many activists day by day leave "the platform" since they have no more energy and want to start taking care of themselves, meanwhile if their movement had been formed by taking into consideration the phenomena of self-care and well-being in the community, It wouldn't be necessary to escape from activism to relax. From time to time the fact of threat is witnessing the neglect of above mentioned phenomenas which were formed during the movement.
During this meeting we will examine the problematic points of the topic and will try to rehash our movements by taking into consideration self-care and well-being. We will also discuss how the concepts of health, power and emotions are related to the formation of a stable feminist movement.