We, women from Armenia and Turkey, call for the active inclusion of women and their voices in the peace process. As a group of women from Armenia and Turkey, we came together to set out for a new path with our dreams for peace. On these lands which are polluted by wars, migrations, poverty, violence and discrimination, we came across with strong resistant women and we witnessed their stories. Our art works includes the “peace call” of us, as women, for ending Armenian- Turkish non-dialogue which persists almost for hundred years. In this new millennium—an age that has held the promise of global interconnectedness - the penchant for conflict and need for resolution never has been more evident. The works in this exhibition are formidable in their denial of war. Their messages are all the more compelling because they reflect quest for peace.
The article is available ony in Armenian.
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.