“March 8th Every Day” Performance March
At 3:30PM on March 8th of this year the Women's Resource Center NGO launched the "March 8th Every Day" month-long campaign to celebrate and fight for women's liberation. A number of civil activists, human rights activists, and interested individuals walked from Isahakyan's statue to different parts of the city in celebration of International Women's Rights Day.
The march, which is realized every year, was even more unique this year due to its artistic nature. The march consisted of several giant, colorful puppets in different women's images and a mini-street-performance, which concentrated on the lived reality of women in Armenia.
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According to official statistic data 766 cases of domestic violence occurred in Armenia in 2012, five women were killed, leaving behind 12 underage children during the past year showing that domestic violence is a serious issue in Armenia. Gender-based violence or hate crimes are unique and don't fit into the regular criminal or civil liability structures. Thus, the necessity of "Domestic Violence Law" in Armenia is more than obvious.
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.