ARMENIA: REMAINING CHALLENGES IN IMPLEMENTATION OF GENDER EQUALITY PRINCIPLES

13. June 2018

Armenia has ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and supported the adoption of a number of the Council of Europe Resolutions that are focused on the attainment of gender equality. Also, several laws and documents about gender balance have been adopted in Armenia, such as the Gender Policy Concept Paper (2010), Gender Policy Strategic Action Plan for 2011-2015 (2011), the Law on securing equal rights and equal opportunities for women and men (2013). The gender quota in the national elections is 25%. The Council on Issues of Equality between Women and Men in the Republic of Armenia has been established. Changes in the Armenian legislation allowed in the 2017 elections to raise women’s representation in the National Assembly from 10.7% to 18%.

On 4 November 2016, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) reviewed the 5th and 6th periodic Report submitted by Armenia. The Committee made critical comments regarding low representation of women in power. The Armenian Government has not come up with measures to energize activities aimed to eliminate the shortcomings.

The report can be found here: Closer Look: Armenia Gender Equality.