On September 28 and during the following weeks, the Women’s Resource Center started a social media campaign for raising awareness on abortion issues and talked about the problems Armenian women face when it comes to taking care of their reproductive health. While we had encouraging comments and response from our mainly female audience, unfortunately, there were anti-abortion and anti-choice reactions as well. In October, which is the month of Breast Cancer Awareness, we also tried … Continued
The Women’s Resource Center in Armenia is facing legal prosecution after months of receiving threats from Armenian nationalists and far-right movements. The organisation issued the following open letter explaining the situation: “Enough! A call to action to protect women human rights defenders and stop legal pressures against the Women’s Resource Center and the Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Armenia” We, women human rights defenders of the Women’s Resource Center and the Sexual Assault Crisis Center … Continued
In 2017 the Women’s Resource Centre Armenia has launched an initiative to develop a network of experts to advocate for women’s reproductive rights. The Network members are representatives from different organizations and activists who have a background in reproductive rights. An issue of the highest importance currently, on which the network is focussing, is access to abortion. In August 2016 the Armenian Government passed an amendment to the Law on Human Reproductive Health and Reproductive … Continued
Armenia, after China and Azerbaijan, is the third country in the world where we have the most abortions of female fetuses. According to the statistics, before a campaign to discourage the practice, between 110 and 120 boys were born for every 100 girls. Pray to bear a son, they say. Abortions based on sex selection were prohibited in Armenia in 2016, because the sex ratio showed a considerable gap between men and women and was … Continued
Women’s Resource Center Armenia initiated a press conference with local media to raise the issues for the Global Day of Action for Safe and Legal Abortion. A reproductive health and rights expert, a lawyer and a disability rights expert participated in the press conference. The main topic of concern was access to safe abortion for different groups of women, including women with disabilities and rural women.