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The Speakers of the ‘’Women and Militarism: From Politics to Personal Stories’’ Webinar

 “Women and Militarism: From Politics to Personal Stories” webinar is organized by the Women’s of Armenia with the support of filia foundation and the German Federal Foreign Office. The aim of the webinar is to reflect on the impact of war and militarism on women, to voice women’s perspectives in the context of the still uncertain geopolitical situation and the Armenian post-war situation.

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Below find some info about the speakers:

  • Starting from 2010, Anna Ishkhanyan has managed and taken part in different human rights and humanitarian projects. Ms. Ishkhanyan has held training sessions, implemented research, carried out advocacy and policy advisory work with the government representatives and international stakeholders. In addition, she co-authored 9 publications (2015-2022), contributed to the incorporation of over 20 different recommendations on human rights improvements incorporated in the state policies by the various state institutions (2015-2022). She has also successfully managed over 20 projects (2010-2022), as well as organized and headed over 7 humanitarian missions (2010-2022).

Anna will be speaking on “General tendencies related to militarization (based on prof. data). Situation with women in Artsakh (the factor of being unrecognized), numbers of displaced women and future needs and perspectives.”

  • Knar Khudoyan is a journalist. In the summer of 2020, she started creating individual audio stories, the topic of which was women’s participation in peacebuilding processes. The war broke out a month later, and Knar was forced to interrupt her research work. After the war, women’s opinions were very different from the pre-war reality, and Knar tried to observe this chronological effect. Before the war, women considered war to be a man’s business, after the war they started to try to protect their rights.

Knar will be speaking on “Women’s political agency in peacebuilding before and after the war.”

  • Knarik Mkrtchyan is a feminist advocate for women’s rights since 2009. Since 2013 she has been engaged in coordinating projects on Women, Peace, and Security agenda both in Armenia and in Nagorno Karabakh/Artsakh. She has been part of 3 monitoring researches on UNSCR 1325 as a researcher and coordinator, she has co-authored many types of researches that illustrate WPS agenda developments both in Armenia and in Nagorno Karabakh/Artsakh. She is the co-founder of Women’s Agenda NGO. Currently, she is the local consultant for several regional projects aimed at advocating for women-led peace and security on a higher level.

Knarik will be speaking on “The Militarization of Women, Peace and Security agenda: Visions for Demilitarization.

  • Lida Minasyan is the Co-Founder of Women’s Agenda NGO in Armenia, uplifting women’s resilience and expertise to build peaceful communities and a sustainable future. She is also the Partnerships Specialist at the Global Fund for Children strengthening GFC’s partnership and donor opportunities in Europe developing innovative strategies and solutions. Lida has more than 8 years of experience in the NGO sector, leading advocacy and women’s rights projects, including peacebuilding initiatives. Since 2013, Lida advances the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda through awareness raising, monitoring and localization of the UNSCR 1325 in Armenia.

Lida holds master’s degrees in Human Rights from Central European University and Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Lund University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Yerevan State University.

Lida Minasyan will be speaking on “Local and International Feminist Movements and Peacebuilding Agenda.” 

  • Lisa Matevosyan is from Shushi, who is currently living in Armenia as a displaced person from Nagorno Karabakh. She is an economist. Liza works at “Women’s Center: Shushi” NGO as program assistant. Since 2014, she has been participating in various peacebuilding projects. She was mainly working on gender equality and peacebuilding projects in Shushi. After the war, the Center is focusing mainly on the integration of displaced women into Armenian society.

During the webinar Liza will be speaking on “The impact of the war on quality of life.”

  • Mariam Khalatyan graduated from the Faculty of Sociology of Yerevan State University in 2015 with a master’s degree from the Department of Sociological Research Methodology. Since 2017, she has been working as a researcher at Socioscope NGO. Her research interests include human rights issues, particularly women’s rights, labor rights, civil society, gender, sexuality, war, peace, and critiques of militaristic discourses and narratives.

Mariam will be speaking on “War under the prism of women. About the ՛՛Women for Peace՛՛ campaign.”

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