Discussion on sexual abuse against women in Armenia
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(6th June, 2011 - Yerevan, Armenia) On the 8th of June 2011, at 14:00, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in collaboration with the Women's Resource Center will be conducting a round table discussion on sexual abuse against women and the measures required to preventing sexual abuse.
IWPR's Caucasus Reporting Service referred to this issue in a separate story Standing Up for Women's Rights in Armenia by Lara Aharonyan, a co-founder of the Women's Resource Centre in Armenia
Recent research conducted by the ProMedia-Gender non-governmental organization shows that from June 2009 to June 2010, articles on sexual abuse and gender discrimination made up only 0.4 per cent of Armenian media newsfeed.
Meanwhile, according to the Prosecutor General's Office, 54 cases of sexual violence were reported in the first six months of 2010 compared to 34 cases registered in 2009, meaning that reports of sexual violence have already far exceeded the total for the whole of 2009 in the first six months of 2010.
The Women's Resource Center has been working for three years with women who have survived different forms of sexual abuse - within the framework of the Sexual Assault Crisis Center and alongside other activities, has introduced a draft bill which proposed amendments to the Criminal Code of Armenia, aiming to carry out reforms in the current legislation.
At the round table, Lara Aharonyan, head of the Women's Resource Center, will make a presentation outlining the significant issues surrounding the rise in sexual violence in Armenia. She will also be discussing some of the key data which has arisen about the issue of sexual violence from the Women's Resource Center's own research.
Also the roundtable will be attended by the Police officials, representatives from the Prosecutor General's Office, Justice Ministry and members of local and international organizations. Journalists and participants from activist groups will also be invited to discuss the issues of sexual violence in an Armenian context and to consider and develop some possible ways of preventing sexual abuse against women.
The discussion is organized within the framework of the Building Bridges/Building Capacity in the South Caucasus project supported by funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
IWPR strengthens local media at the frontlines of conflict and change, working in two dozen countries and territories around the world. This includes establishing independent local media; training local reporters, editors and producers; supporting extensive in-depth reporting on human rights, good governance and related issues; disseminating professional reporting in developing countries and internationally; and strengthening communications capacity of local human rights, international justice and women's organisations.
In Armenia, IWPR raises public awareness and helps build significant dialogues by strengthening local media skills and capacities.
The Women's Resource Center was founded in 2003 and is the first resource center created in the post-soviet Armenia for young women.
Women's Resource Center is working in the area of women's human rights, reproductive and sexual rights, sexual violence and women's role in the conflict resolution and peace building in the region of South Caucasus. In 2008, WRCA set up a hotline and a group of mutual assistance to support women who have fallen victim to sexual violence. The Center is open for women of all ages, education, sexual orientation and social backgrounds.
Women's Resource Center
Tel: + 374 60 44 56 26 Mob: + 374 94 56 56 26