Civil Society organizations respond to the question of legitimacy regarding the 2013 elections in the Republic of Armenia
Yerevan, February 26th, 2013
On February 18th of 2013 the most unprecedented presidential elections in the history of the Republic of Armenia took place in Armenia. Despite careful attempts by the government in power to decrease the amount of competition and to secure an outwardly peaceful election, which also meant the reproduction and legitimation of the government that came into power as a result of the 2008 electoral fraud, during this year's election the citizens of the Republic of Armenia expressed their deep distrust of the government in place. As a result, opposition leader Raffi Hovanisian was able to defeat the current president, Serzh Sragsyan, through the votes he received in a number of cities and villages within Armenia.
We, the representatives of civil society who are involved in human rights and the development of democracy in Armenia, find that the officially announced election results by the central electoral committee of the Armenian Republic do not represent the reality and even more, fail to shape a legitimate presidential institution.
March 8 Every Day. Activities of Women's Resource Center during March 8- April 7
08.03.13 - March 8 Every Day – Performance March/3:30PM/ In front of Isahakyan's Statue
"By Choice or Chance" - Film Screening/5:00PM/Espace Center/Nalbandyan 29
11․03․13 - "Conquering the Night" - action/9:00PM/ Luna Park, underground passage-ways, Vernisazh, and others "The aim of this action is to take the opportunity to reclaim those spaces where we would usually hesitate to or be afraid to walk for fear of being sexually harassed, followed, or threatened by male aggressors. The event is intended for women to collectively walk together in those spaces. Luna park, underground passageways and other places that will be decided upon by the women participating are all representative of spaces where we have been harassed or believe we have more of a chance of being harassed."
Vernisazh, and others
15․03․13 - "Human Rights Challenges" - discussion/5:00PM/Women's Resource Center/Teryan 62, entr.5 ap.35/
In solidarity with the women of Egypt
Dear Ambassador Wahid Eldin Galal:
We, the concerned women of the Women's Resource Center of Armenia, are joining in the efforts of The Uprising of Women in the Arab World to protest the sexual terrorism Egyptian women are subject to on a daily basis in Egypt. We condemn these acts of sexual harassment at the hands of organized thugs, especially in Tahrir Square, and in the streets, public transportation, taxis, schools and other spaces in Egypt. Preventing and ending sexual violence in all its forms should be a top priority for any society seeking to liberate and empower its people. This is also our struggle here in Armenia.