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In August “Society Without Violence” NGO launched “Woman in Black” capacity building in Dilijan, Armenia. The aim of the trainings was to empower young members of Woman in Black to actively participate in peace making processes, to learn and use non-violent and non-aggressive forms of actions. WIB Armenia is a part of world-wide network of women committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to war, militarism and other forms of violence.The training covered interesting topics starting from stress management and self-care to practical skills on how to implement peaceful demonstrations and other forms of peaceful protest. Some of the participants themselves were responsible for some session of the training.They were introduced with the topics of feminism and its history, gender equality, gender based stereotypes, differences between sex and gender, etc. During the training the participants learnt about WIB ideology, goals, values and objectives, about Women in Black movement in Armenia, etc.
On July 27 of each year Society Without Violence NGO organizes public event dedicated to revealing current issues in the sphere of women's rights protection and gender equality and raising public awareness.
On July 26, we organized our annual colourful, fun, informative public event around the Swan Lake area, in the heart of Yerevan city. This year it coincided with Vardavar holiday that is why it was implemented on July 26 instead of 27.
There were 5 tables presented, each aims to raise awareness on woman’s rights diverse problems through leaflets, booklets and various educational and interactive games.
16 young and enthusiastic women from Armenia and Turkey met in Tbilisi from July 5 to July 7 in frames of the project “Armenian and Turkish young women for reconciliation and lasting peace through dialogue and art”. Those women who presented their works on women participation in conflict reconciliation and peace building processes during exhibitions both in Yerevan and Istanbul in frames of the same project, now had a chance to meet each other face to face, to discuss and highlight problems that women have in both countries and try finding solutions for that. The two-day meeting was notable also because it also comprised of the award ceremony for the winning photos of the exhibition.
The first day of the meeting was devoted to the process of getting to know each other, as women of diverse nationalities, backgrounds and experiences were there. The joint dinner in the evening was a good chance to chat in an informal atmosphere and build a bridge for the next day’s work.