Since 2012, the Universal Rights Awards Ceremony has been one of the important initiatives of the international community, including Council of Europe, to highlight the contributions of Armenia’s civil and political rights activists, government officials, media and civil society representatives to the promotion of human rights. Among the awards annually presented is the “Woman of Courage” Award, which honours Armenian women who have shown leadership, courage and willingness to promote women’s rights in the country.
In the 2016 ceremony that took place on 23 June this award was presented to Mrs Jemma Hasratyan, Founder and President of the Armenian Association of Women with University Education (AAWUE), in recognition of her long-standing and courageous efforts to advocate for equal rights and opportunities for women and men. During the presentation of the award to Mrs Hasratyan, Ambassador Argo Avakov, Head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, highlighted that “Mrs. Hasratyan is a highly active, well-respected public figure who has tirelessly sought to enhance women’s role in society and promoted democratic values”.
Mrs Hasratyan is currently leading activities aimed at promoting women’s political participation in local elections 2016 and parliamentary elections 2017 in the framework of the “Long-term electoral assistance to the election related stakeholders of Armenia” Project funded within European Union and Council of Europe Programmatic Co-operation Framework in the Eastern Partnership Countries for 2015-2017. With a view to enhancing political participation of women in the upcoming 2016 Local Elections, the AAWUE currently conducts leadership trainings and workshops to improve political and legal knowledge of women, develop their skills of political leadership and equip them with election campaign techniques.