Armenian National Coordination
WomenAid International-Caucasus and
Tatev-95 Psychological Support and Counselling Centre
10 October 2002 at 14:00
Training & Resource Centre office: 20 Eznic Koghbatsy St.,
Participants include members of the Armenian National Coordination Committee and Armenian media representatives: ArmenPress, InterNews, State TV and Radio Channels. The goal of the meeting is to discuss Armenian participation in CAUCASUS 16 DAYS 2002 regional campaign and develop strategies for media involvement. TV and radio social clips will be produced and broadcasted during CAUCASUS 16 DAYS 2002 period (25 November to 10 December) targeting a wide range of the Armenian population, attracting attention and increasing public awareness of the issue of violence against women.
the first regional coordination of the global ’16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence’ and the ‘White
Ribbon’ campaigns in the world and it has proved to be
extremely successful. In
2001 over 500 organisations collaborated to create a large
regional calendar of events and activities promoting the
elimination of violence against women.
This outstanding regional collaboration was made possible
through the great enthusiasm and hard work of volunteers
representing the NGO members of the National Coordination
Committees in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.
WomenAid International greatly appreciates their great
contribution as well as the coordination work undertaken by the
Caucasus 16 Days Focal Point, WomenAid International-Caucasus
based in Tbilisi, Georgia. The campaign actively encourages the
development of the voluntary ethic in all sectors of civil
special notice of thanks is extended to our partners in Armenia
for agreeing to undertake this enormous voluntary task. Tatev-95,
on behalf of the Armenian National Coordination Committee,
submitted a proposal to OSI Women’s Network Programme for
funding of some of the CAUCASUS 16 DAYS 2002 campaign activities
in Armenia. The financial contribution of $5.060 is much
appreciated. This year the OSI Network Women’s Programme awarded
funding of $20,390 to the THREE National Coordination
Committees in the Caucasus to implement the CAUCASUS 16 DAYS 2002.
WomenAid International, the initiator of the regional
programme funds core costs and special events. All participating
NGOs in this regional campaign are encouraged to submit
applications to multiple potential donors for the funding of their
activities during the Caucasus 16 Days.
CAUCASUS 16 DAYS programme is a multi-media
awareness-raising regional campaign that creates a ‘platform’
for NGOs, INGOs, UN Agencies and other organisations or
institutions to draw attention to a critical social issue and
promote their on-going activities to eliminate violence in all its
forms. In recent years violence against women has escalated
dramatically in all its aspects. The UN Secretary General, Kofi
Annan, has called domestic violence against women a global
epidemic and trafficking of human beings, mainly women and
children for the purpose of sexual exploitation, has become the
fastest growing criminal activity in the world. It is also the
world’s biggest human rights abuse. Elimination of gender
violence is the common cause that unites all participants
in this unique regional campaign and engages the commitment of so
many volunteers in three countries.
Apart from the voluntary efforts of hundreds of NGOs, the press and media have an extremely important role to play in efforts to increase awareness of the problem of violence against women. The importance of close collaboration between CAUCASUS 16 DAYS Armenian National Coordination Committee and media representatives is recognised and media strategies will be developed to achieve extensive media and press coverage in Armenia during Caucasus 16 Days 2002. Media training workshops on the Caucasus 16 Days twin-track campaign approach and end violence strategies will be held in Baku, Tbilisi and Yerevan. These workshops will be organised by the National Coordination Committees in collaboration with the CAUCASUS 16 DAYS Media Advocacy Group representatives in each country.
actively participating in the CAUCASUS 16 DAYS 2002 the media and
press can develop its valuable advocacy role and promote national
awareness of the critical issue of violence against women.
National and local government ministries and representatives
increase knowledge and awareness of all forms of gender violence
and the need to adopt all measures, legislative, institutional and
administrative, that will eliminate violence against women.
The corporate sector is also encouraged to support the
initiatives of so many under-funded NGOs who work so hard to
assist the development of civil society based on the principles of
justice, equality and peace.
International-Caucasus, CAUCASUS 16 DAYS Focal Point, together
with members of the Armenian National Coordination Committee,
invite to all NGOs, INGOs, government agencies and media in the
region to take part in this regional multi-media awareness-raising
The more organisations involved in the CAUCASUS 16 DAYS - the more impact our efforts to eliminate violence against women will have.
Regional Focal Point:
Khvichia St. Tbilisi 380060 Georgia
Tatev-95 Psychological Support and Counselling Centre
2/42 Baghramyan Avenue, Yerevan, Armenia
Tel/Fax: (3741) 56 23 00
Assembly of America NGO Training & Resource Center (AAANGOC)
Yesmih Koghbatsi, Yerevan, Armenia
Tel: (374-1) 54 40 12, 54 40 13, 53 92 04