March has been a hectic month at Women’s Resource Center in Armenia,
8 March is not the only date here devoted to women, also 7th of April has a similar content, so the entire month is seen as women’s month.
International women’s day is celebrated in the country since the 20′s after being introduced by Soviet as a result of the demonstrations in St Petersburg 1917. Women’s day, or Working Women’s day as it was originally called, was during the time an utterly political day with slogans such as “8th of March is the day of rebellion of working women against kitchen slavery” or “Say NO to the oppression and vacuity of household work!”.
Petra befinner sig just nu i Yerevan där hon samarbetar med Women Resources Centre Armenia (WRCA) under 10 månader. Vi kommer kunna följa hennes arbete och reflektioner här på bloggen.
Nu är jag på plats i Armenien och har börjat etablera mig på Women’s Resources Center Armenia (WRCA). Det är mycket på gång just nu, i förberedelserna inför Internationella Kvinnodagen har en feministisk plattform mellan olika organisationer och aktivister startats och det är många idéer som bollas. 8 mars har ju så många olika ansikten, en dag för protest mot orättvisa och ojämställdhet, en dag för firande av systrar, mödrar och dottrar, en dag för politiska aktioner, aktivism, demonstrationer och events. Jag blev ombedd att ge exempel på hur Internationella kvinnodagen manifesteras globalt för att ge en inspirationsinjektion i förberedelserna.Här kan ni se presentationen i form av bilder, tyvärr utan ordflöde, men “en bild säger mer än 100 ord”?
Visar också lite bilder från en tidigare marsch och aktion mot våld i hemmet som WRCA arrangerade i November tillsammans med andra organisationer som ingår i koalitionen “Stop Violence Against Women”. Enligt en relativt färsk undersökning känner varannan här i Armenien någon i sin omedelbara närhet som drabbats av våld i nära relationer.
Guest blog by Stephen B. Lavalah
Once again another International Women’s Day has come and gone, but the struggles, hardships and difficulties yet persist. Even though women have got fundamental human rights like their male counterparts, however, women and girls are every so often in many societies excluded from political decision making, policy formulation and essential public activities. Besides, this segment of the population in most countries, all too often are denied access to land ownership, right to acquire quality education and deprived of getting equal pay for equal work. Women and girls are still underrated and belittled usually stereotype of being weak and empty vessels. Moreover, many women and girls still live in societies where gender-based violence, forced teenage marriage, as well as sexual exploitation and abuse continue to increase on a daily basis.
More to the point, gender gap at all levels in society is generally very high as indicated in the 2012 Global Gender Gap Report released on October 23rd by the World Economic Forum. It is without doubt that in most countries, women and girls even at this time lack access to justice, financial services, employment opportunities, water supply, farmland and effective, efficient and affordable health care delivery services. Moreover, for far too long harmful traditional, cultural and religious practices further worsen the condition of females and subject them to all sorts of unwholesome way of life that contravene their dignity and worth as human beings. These and many more factors affecting women and girls put them in disadvantage situation to have the chance to achieve their full potential and measure of happiness.
Women’s Fund in Georgia, arranged a screening of the new documentary; “Untold herstories” – a project created and carried out by the Independent Group of Feminists with the support of Women’s Fund of Georgia. The documentary tells the story of three 19th century Georgian feminists’ lives and work: Barbara Jorjadze, Ekaterine Gabashvili and Kato Mikeladze. The documentary aims to show the public the unknown feminist heritage of women in Georgia. The documentary will soon be available online so please visit Women’s Fund in Georgia’s homepage for more info.