Preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence in Armenia: continuing the path towards ratification of the Istanbul Convention

Start date: April 2019
Duration: 30 months
Budget: EUR 600,000
Donors: Donors contributing to the Council of Europe Action Plan for Armenia 2019–2022 (Liechtenstein and Norway)
Contact person: Liana Amirbekyan, Senior Project Officer

The Project is built on the achieving of the previous project “Preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence in Armenia”.

The Council of Europe project aims at strengthening the capacity of key stakeholders involved in preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, protecting the victims and prosecuting the perpetrators of violence as well as advancing gender equality. The Council of Europe focuses on providing the latest information and knowledge about the relevant European standards, in particular the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (hereinafter Istanbul Convention) and its implications for national policy and legal frameworks. The project gives timely support for the implementation of the recently adopted law on domestic violence in Armenia and paves the way for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention in Armenia.

The project will contribute to the following specific outcomes outlined in the Council of Europe’s Action Plan for Armenia for 2019–2022:

  • Armenia is better prepared for ratification of the Istanbul Convention
  • The Armenian legal and policy framework on preventing and combating domestic violence is in line with Council of Europe standards
  • Women victims of gender-based violence and domestic violence, including the most disadvantaged, have better access to justice and support services

The expected impact of the project is that women in Armenia benefit from gender equality and protection against all forms of violence against women.

The project aims to:

  • Enhance knowledge of law enforcement and legal professionals, as well as journalists and other stakeholders on the new domestic law and European standards, notably the Istanbul Convention as they deal with cases of domestic violence and violence against women
  • Strengthen capacity of Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, public officials and social workers by applying European standards (notably the Istanbul Convention) as they implement the new domestic law and provide support for women victims of violence against women
  • Support gender sensitivity in education by assisting in development of curricular, courses and materials for primary and secondary schools

 

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