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An opportunity to take part in the personal growth course

08.06.2015

images 1"Women's Resource Center" is an NGO, which organises personal growth course for women.

The course consists of eight meetings, which will be devoted to:

• the recognition of the self, by each member and the analysis of personal qualities,

• the discussion of problematic relationships and incidents,

• the development and usage of the right time management's standards.

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English spoken courses

04.06.2015

imagesDear women, we would like to inform you that currently we have an opportunity to involve new members in the English spoken courses group.

The courses will take place every Tuesday and Thursday 16:00-17:30.

To participate one needs to register with this 094565626 phone number or visit us: Teryan 62, entrance 5, 35 apartment (the entry is from Moskovyan street).

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

08.06.2015

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.

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