Here you can find the activities of different project implemented by our organization.

Statement of International Coalition for Democratic Renewal on Hong Kong

We stand in solidarity with Hong Kong’s fight for their freedoms and rights as the city has found itself engulfed by an unprecedented governance crisis. We urge the Government of Hong Kong to meet the demands for democratic governance of Hong Kong people and respect their rights to defend the universal values of human rights and democracy, which are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We denounce the escalation of police brutality and arbitrary use of force against peaceful protesters, reporters, first-aiders, and ordinary citizens of Hong Kong. We believe it is in China’s interest to show the global community it is not an enemy of open society and democracy.

You can see the  article  here.

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Event organized by the youth from Berdavan

We participated in a beautiful event organized by the youth from Berdavan The event was on "A day of Berdavan in Yerevan". By the way, Democracy Today NGO received souvenirs. Thanks to the youth for the great event.

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Autumn school 2019-day 3

The Autumn School of “Democracy Today” NGO is over. Around 40 youth representatives attended various meetings and seminars within the framework of the school in Aghveran. On the third day of the school, the mechanisms for developing the proposals that were suggested by youth under the Resolution 2250 (Youth Peace and Security) were discussed. A working group with the participation of youth has been set up to coordinate youth recommendations for the future national action plan. Then the youth of Voskepar, Berdavan and Araks communities presented the work of the youth centers in recent months. Afterwards Vardan Hovhannisyan's, who is a director, "Stories from War and Peaceful Days" film was screened. 

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Autumn school 2019-day 2

The autumn school of “Democracy Today” NGO continues in Aghveran. Gyulnara Shahinyan, the founder of Democracy Today NGO, met the youth on the second day of school and presented UN Security Council Resolution 2250. Within the framework of the Resolution, the youth discussed the issues they were interested in. The discussion was followed by a group work activity. The youth were divided into groups to discuss Resolution 2250 and presented their proposals.

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Autumn School 2019-day 1

The Autumn School of “Democracy Today” NGO has already started. Within the framework of this project, about 40 young people participate in the meetings and seminars that are taken place in Aghveran from October 4-6. Human rights activist, publicist, journalist Zaruhi Hovhannisyan met the youth on the first day of the seminar. During the meeting they discussed the cooperation of NGOs and the Government in the Republic of Armenia as well as the expected results and the civil movements in Armenia in recent years.

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Meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

The series of Georgian meetings with the participation of Armenian and Georgian youth within the "Mimino project" is over. Armenian youth have already returned to Armenia. On the last day of the meetings the youth were hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. Representatives of the Ministry spoke with the youth about the Armenian-Georgian relations, the problems existing in the region, the conflict, the process of European integration. 

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Meeting at the Public Defender Office of Georgia

In the framework of the “Mimino” project, Armenian and Georgian youth met with representatives of the Gender Equality Department of the Public Defender Office of Georgia. They spoke about their work, touched upon the problems existing in the country.

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Mimino in Tbilisi- day 3

In the framework of the “Mimino” project Armenian and Georgian youth continue to have the series of meetings in Georgia. Today, the youth visited Ergneti's "Museum of War" where Lia Chlachidze presented the story of founding the museum. Later we visited one of Gori's local radio stations -“The Mosaic”. The Mosaic's director and one of the journalists, respectively, Gvantsa Doluashvili and Nino Chibchiuri, introduced the youth how they work and the issues they are addressing. At the end of the day, the project participants visited Tserovani IDP settlement. At Tserovani, the youth was hosted by the representative of "Tserovani Youth House", Nana Chkareuli, who presented the work of their organization as well as she talked about their community.

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"Mimino" in Tbilisi- day 2

Today in the framework of Mimino project, the Armenian and Georgian youth met with an expert, historian Davit Jishkhariani, who analyzed the history of conflicts in the Caucasus. The youth also had a meeting with the representatives of “Lazarus Foundation” and “Center for Peace and Society Development”, respectively, they met with Nini Kobakhidze and Rodan Jomaya. They spoke about peacebuilding projects involving youth in the South Caucasus. In the second part of the day, the youth visited Tbilisi "Techpark and Innovative Center" where they got acquainted with the activities and programs of the Center. 

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The second part of the "Mimino" program launched by Democracy Today NGO has started. Within the framework of the project more than 10 young people from Armenia left for Tbilisi to participate in a number of meetings with Georgian youth. Armenian and Georgian youth participating in the program met with Dominik Cagara, executive director of OC Media in Tbilisi. The latter presented the work of "OC Media". During the meeting the work of mass media in the region was discussed. Project "Mimino” aims at developing new platform for confidence building and coexistence and will invest in lasting cooperation between Georgia and Armenia. 20 students from Armenia and Georgia participate in the project.

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The G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council releases today its Recommendations for advancing Gender Equality and the empowerment of girls and women and Call to Action.

The Advisory Council has identified 79 good practices in gender equality laws in 4 sectors (violence, economic empowerment, education and health, discrimination) and in all regions of the world.

 You can see the  article  here.

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Democracy Today NGO held a two-day seminar for representatives of the "Nalbandian Village Women's Club" within the framework of "Strengthening the capacities of rural women". The topic of the seminar was the management of NGOs. During the training we discussed strategies, missions, legislative requirements, needs assessment, resource management, budgeting of NGOs, SWOT analysis, NGO brand development and many other issues. 

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Gulnara Shahinian's press conference about "The Fight Against Trafficking in Armenia and the World". The conference is devoted to the international day for the fight against trafficking

 You can see the  video  here.

Video and photos by Media Center

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There is a need to take stock of current global developments in the field of disarmament, reflect on the successful strategies that have been pursued and identify additional entry points to advance disarmament through international law. Louise Arimatsu and Keina Yoshida look at what a feminist approach to disarmament would look like, and how international law can be more effectively harnessed to further disarmament goals and peace, with commentary from the recent Women, Peace and Security (LSE) and Graduate Institute in Geneva co-hosted workshop.

 You can see the  article  here.

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The recent flock of Instagrammers to Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone “tourist attraction” is too young to remember the nuclear disaster 33 years ago. They wonder about the ghost town where thousands had to flee to safety.

33 YEARS AGO

Safety measures were top of the mind for the Cambridge Peace Commission delegation enthralled into the next phase of establishing “sister city” relations with Yerevan, Armenia. After a few days of meetings, we had Moscow’s blessing. We were off to Armenia — coincidentally the first nation to have accepted Christianity in 301 A.D.

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The first part of the "Mimino" project finished. Project "Mimino" or "Caucasus is our one and common home" aims at developing new platform for confidence building and coexistence and will invest in lasting cooperation between Georgia and Armenia. 20 students from Armenia and Georgia participate in the project. The nexst meeting will take place in Gorgia. Photos of the press conference. 

 You can see the  video of press conference  here.

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Today the Armenian and Georgian students also met with MPs - Sona Ghazaryan (member of the RA NA Standing Committee on European Integration) and Sargis Khandanyan (member of the RA NA Standing Committee on Protection of Human Rights and Public Affairs). Students met with the MPs in the framework of the "Mimino" Project. They talked to the youth about their work and touched upon the challenges. The MPs also answered the questions of the students. 

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Meeting in Yerevan

In the framework of the "Mimino" project, today the Armenian and Georgian students met with the Executive Director of Political Science Association of Armenia, Beniamin Poghosyan. They discussed the safety of Caucasus and the issues regarding safety.

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The participants of the "Mimino" project also visited Saghmosavank (13th-century Armenian monastic complex). 

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Meeting in Yerevan and Vanadzor

The participants of the "Mimino" project met with a publicist and filmmaker Tigran Paskevichyan who talked about the present and past events of Armenia and Georgia. In the second half of the day, the participants left for Vanadzor. In Vanadzor they met with the representatives of Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Vanadzor office. 

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The Armenian and Georgian students, who participate in Mimino Project, continue to have meetings with representatives of different organizations. Today, Boris Navasardyan, the president of the Yerevan Press Club talked to the youth about the press and answered the questions of the youth. In the second part of the day, the youth left for Gyumri where they visited "Gala" TV company and got acquainted with their work.

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The participants of the "Mimino" project walked in Yerevan and visited Cafesjian Center for the Arts. 

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In the frames of "Mimino" project, Armenian and Georgian students have been hosted by the members of "Restart" student-civil initiative. During the meeting the members of "Restart" introduced their projects as well as the initiatives targeting to develop education in Armenia. They discussed issues about higher education. They also talked about the possible projects that can be mutually initiated. 

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The second day of "Women at Peace Table - More Justice for All" conference has taken place in Byurakan. Our guests also got to know Armenian culture expect for discussions.

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The RA Human Rights Defender Arman Tatoyan and his representatives hosted Armenian and Georgian students at the Office of Human Rights Defender of RA. The students participates in "Mimino" project organized by Democracy Today NGO. During the meeting, the participants got to know the Human Rights Defender's work. They also discussed rights of women, children and national minorities. The project is supported by Fund for Local cooperation of MFA of Finland. 

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Project "Mimino" or "Caucasus is our one and common home" aims at developing new platform for confidence building and coexistence and will invest in lasting cooperation between Georgia and Armenia. 20 young political scientists and journalists from Armenia and Georgia would make exchange visits to each other's country, traveling through regions, meeting and discussing with different groups of societies and sharing their experience though various creative means: writing articles and papers, organizing discussions, posts in social media and contributing to established by them on-line open discussion blog. will also be the beginning of a new on-line joint journal, which will work as platform for continuous cooperation to share the ideas on the interested topics and inviting more participants to the project The overall goal of the project is to build up confidence and lastin relationship between Georgian and Armenian youth and societies they live in. lt will be achieved through set of interrelated activities geared at better understanding the realities the youth in both societies lives in, common interests and values on such imporlant issues as democracy, rule of law peace building, and youth leadership. Cooperation on the themes and the other presented by youth will invest in enhancing their specific roles in building mutual understanding around the issues common for both states and strengthen coexistence between Georgia and Armenia.

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Panel: Voices of women must be heard. Strengthening civil society cooperation in the OSCE
region with regards to security, human rights, conflict resolution, and gender equality. You can see the article here.

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The Working Group on Women & Gender realities in the Civic Solidarity Platform of OSCE discusses since its foundation in 2015 how mechanism of justice and meaningful women’s involvement in (peace) negotiations have been influential, what the main hampering factors were, and on how successful processes can be replicated, adapted and transferred to different countries and regions.

You can see the article here.

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On June 15, a number of women, who have been invited by Democracy Today NGO, had a meeting in the National Assembly of RA. The goal was to give an opportunity to the Armenian PMs, civil societies of different countries as well as regional civil societies to share their thoughts regarding global problems. 

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The second day of "Women at Peace Table - More Justice for All" conference has taken place in Byurakan. Our guests also got to know Armenian culture expect for discussions.

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"Democracy Today" NGO held “Women at Peace Table – More Justice for All” the 7 th International Conference. The conference was attanded by human rights defenders from different countries, representatives of foreign embassies and consulates that are accredited in the Republic of Armenia as well as civil society representatives from different countries. The key issues 7 th International Conference: Women at the Peace Table – More Justice for All will focus on are: How to make justice achievable? And What is justice for women? How representation of women in negotiations is connected with delivering this justice? 7 th International Conference: Women at the Peace Table – More Justice for All explored the operative mechanisms of women’s participation in negotiation processes.

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“The International Young Women’s Peace and Human Rights Award” 8th ceremony has already taken place. The award is named after Armenian peace builder and human rights activist Anahit Bayandur. The goal of the movement is to make women's role in peace processes visible, as well as, to recognize and bring voices of female actors to the table of peace negotiations. This year the award was given to Shirin El Jurdi (Lebanon) “for exceptional dedication and work to conflict prevention and protection of human rights”, Muna Luqman (Yemen) “for outstanding work in raising women’s visibility in peace building and gender responsive policy” and Malika Abubakarova (RF, Chechnya) for the recognition of her "outstanding work in protection of rights of women and children, as well as, investing in justice”. During the award ceremony, special diplomas have also been awarded. Eka Horstka received a special diploma “for outstanding and dedication work in building inclusive and resilient communities”. “Mission Armenia” received a special diploma “for providing human security to refuge and vulnerable communities”.

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Democracy Today NGo with the support of AMCOR Armenia charity foundation continues the "New skills for new youth" project. The two-day training is already completed. Youth from Tavush, Lori, Ararat, Armavir and Shirak marzes participated in the seminar. During the first day of the training we hosted Samvel Martirosyan who is a media expert. He presented the opportunities of having online jobs. During the second day we hosted Gohar Sokhikyan who is from Employment Agency. She introduced the role and the function of state employment agency in details. She also introduced the projects that the agency carries out as well as paths to find jobs.

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"New Skills for New Youth" project is ended. The project was taken placed by “Democracy Today” NGO. "New Skills for New Youth" project has become possible with the support of AMCOR Armenia foundation. It had participants from Tavush, Lori, Ararat, Armavir and Shirak marzes. During the first day of the training the Head of “Democracy Today” Gulnara Shahinan trained the participants about leadership amd how to be a successful leader. During the second day Hasmik Edilyan, a representative of “Democracy today” NGO, trained our youth about trafficking, how to be vigilant in the labor market and methods of avoiding from being abused.

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Democracy Today NGo with the support of AMCOR Armenia charity foundation continues the "New skills for new youth" project. The two-day training is already completed. Youth from Tavush, Lori, Ararat, Armavir and Shirak marzes participated in the seminar. During the first day of the training we hosted Samvel Martirosyan who is a media expert. He presented the opportunities of having online jobs. During the second day we hosted Gohar Sokhikyan who is from Employment Agency. She introduced the role and the function of state employment agency in details. She also introduced the projects that the agency carries out as well as paths to find jobs.

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Democracy Today NGO conducted a two-day seminar in the frame of two projects ("Young Women for Peace and Gender Equality" and EPNK ). With the financial support of Kvinna till Kvinna, youth from Voskepar, Berdavan and Ditak communities took part in the seminar called "Young Women for Peace and Gender Equality". During the training national action plan of UN 1325 resolution has been discussed. The trainee elaborated on what impact it can have on the youth from bordering communities and how it can contribute to the women's involvement in peace building. Gulanar Shahinian, the founder of Democracy Today NGO, conducted the seminar.

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«Democracy Today» NGO continues the "New skills for new youth" project. This project takes place with the supports of AMCOR Armenia foundation. The second part of "Methodologies of applying for work" training has already taken place. It had participants from Tavush, Lori, Ararat, Armavir and Shirak marzes. During this training professionals from different fields shared their knowledge with the participants. Due to this meeting the youth had the opportunity to get to know how different organizations work and learned about the methodologies they use. The participants had the chance to get answers to those questions they were interested in. During the first day of the training we hosted Mariana Edilyan, the HR Planning and Development Unit Manager at VivaCell-MTS. Mariana trained the participants how to apply for a job. We also hosted Timothy Straight, the Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Norway and Finland, diplomat, public figure and the founder of the 'Homela d Development Initiative' foundation. 

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«Democracy Today» NGO continues the "Methodologies of applying for work" project. This project takes place with the supports of AMCOR Armenia foundation. The second part of training has already taken place. It had participants from Tavush, Lori, Ararat, Armavir and Shirak marzes. During the first day of the training our youth learned skills of CV writing and presented it to their employers. We also discussed the samples of CVs and motivation letters which our youth had written. We elaborated on the strong and weak sides of them. The topic of the second day of the training was synergy, teamwork secrets, features and advantages. The participants had a groupwork activity. The training was conducted by Armine Hajatyan, representative YSU alumni and career center.

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Democracy Today NGO with the support of UMCOR Armenia charity foundation has re-started "Methodologies of applying for work" project. The training is going to take place within 5 months and each month a two-day seminar will be conducted. 37 people from Tavush, Lori, Ararat, Armavir and Shirak marzes will take part in the training. During the first day of the seminar the basics to prepare for an interview have been presented. The participants had group work activities, put together a CV and discussed them. During the second day they learned how to write a motivation and cover letter. The trainer presented the importance of writing such letters in details as well as how to use emails. Later the participants prtacised it. Lilit Hakobyan, the head of YSU alumni and career center, conducted the two-day seminar.

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Many young people are facing numerous obstacles while applying for jobs for the first time, because of lack of knowledge in the HR filed.
Due to this, "Democracy Today" NGO with the support of UMCOR Armenia foundation is continuing program during which the methodologies of applying for work will be taught together with many other related issues.

Those young people who want take part in this program please fill the application form and send it to organizers by February 10th, 2019.
The project is designed for young people from Tavush, Armavir, Ararat and Lori provinces of Armenia.

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Democracy Today NGO conducted a meeting-seminar with members of 'Nalbandyan Village Women's Club'. During the seminar the issues related to gender equality in social and economic fields as well as the steps of participating in elections of local authorities were discussed. During the meeting we also elaborated on the projects that we have already implemented and our future plans.

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A number of youngsters from the borderline communities of Tavush wished to have a meeting-discussion with the representatives of Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia. The Ministry of Defense of RA positively responded to the invitation of "Democracy Today" NGO. At the meeting with the youth, we hosted colonel Aramayis Manoucharyan. During the interesting meeting the youth discussed various questions they had with the representative of MoD.

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The film about our international International Young Women’s Peace Award as well as the Sixth International Conference, which has been held from May 31th to June 2nd can be find here.

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Democracy Today NGO in the scope of EPNK project has completed the special training on empowering women from borderline villages. The participants of the training were young women from borderline communities of Tavush. During the last two-day seminar, the women learned about how to write an effective CV. The aim of the project was to inform the women how to skillfully apply for a job in order to become competitive in the market. 

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Democracy Today NGO has completed "Methodologies of applying for work" project which has been supported by UMCOR charity foundation. During the last two-day seminar, the participants learned how to write a CV skillfully. The youth carried out some hands-on activities by drafting CVs and discussing how to make them better. They also had group work activities on creating CVs. Participants were from Jrashen, Gargar (Lori), Koghb, Movses (Tavush), Nalbandyan, Haykavan (Armavir) communities. The training was conducted by Armine Hajatyan from YSU alumnai and career center. At the end of the seminar, participants received certificates for participating in the training. 

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Democracy Today NGO in the scope of EPNK project is continuing to conduct the special trainings for empowering and making women in the borderline villages of Tavush more active. During the two day seminar, the young women learned about the skills of working in a team and how to write projects. The participants also got some practice by having team work activities. 

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Democracy Today NGO with 'AMCOR' charity organization is continuing the set of seminars targeting to teach youth the skills of applying for a job. Our organization conducted a two-day seminar with the youth representatives from Jrashen, Gargar (Lori), Koghb, Movses (Tavush), Nalbandyan, Haykavan (Armavir) communities. During the two-day seminar the participants learned about the concept notes of writing projects and what SWOT analysis is. During the seminar participants made groups and had some practice - they outlined community development projects, the goals of the project and the desired results. The groups will finalize their projects and present it to the trainer. During the last seminar, the participants learned about how to prepare for a job interview and write a motivation letter.

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Gulnara Shahinian, the head of Democracy Today NGO, has been awarded with Women Rebel against War prize after Anita Augspurg. Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) has founded the award in cooperation with the town halls of Verden and Hamburg cities. Luts Brockmann, the city Mayor of Verden, has given the award to Gulnara Shahinian. 

You can see the article here.

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Democracy Today NGO held a set of seminars with UMCOR Armenia charity foundation. The goal of the seminars is to teach youth the skills how to apply for jobs. Youth representatives from Jrashen, Gargar (Lori), Koghb, Movses (Tavush), Nalbandyan, Haykavan (Armavir) participate in the seminars. During the first two days of the seminars we taught youth how to prepare for interviews and write motivation letters. The trainer presented the format of writing a motivation let and later participants practised writing it. By the next seminar, participants will present their assignments.

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In the scope of EPNK project, Democracy Today NGO is conducting a special set of seminars to empower and make women from borderline villages of Tavush more active. Young women from borderline villages were eager to learn the skills of applying for jobs and our NGO found ways to do it. So that women are more active in their communities and are more competitive in their field of professions, we organize trainings to teach them how to write motivation letters, CV and how to prepare for job interviews.

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Democracy Today NGO held its autumn school in Aghveran. Youth from Movses, Chinchin, Voskepar, Koghb, Berdavan, Gargar, Aregnadem, Jrashen, Sipanik, Nalbandyan communities as well as youth from Yezidi community participated in the autumn school program. About 50 young people attended the school.

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Democracy Today NGO hosted the representatives of Main Armenia Association. During the meeting we discussed supporting Armenian commununities. 

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Democracy Today NGO has been holding "Developing capacities of Village Women" project in Armavir marz for a few years. In the scope of the project women are given the opportunity to undergo medical check. The aim is to prevent breast cancer. After undergoing medical check in their communities, those women who had the need to be examined more thoroughly to prevent breast cancer have visited Yerevan`s Mother and Child Scientific Center. The groups of women have undergone special medical examinations for five times. Not only women from Nalbandyan village but also women from nearby villages and Yezidi community have taken part in the medical examinations. 

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Democracy Today NGO conducted a seminar with the representatives of the bordering communities of Armenia as well as with the representatives of Yezidi community. In the first phase of the seminar we discussed the role of women in peacebuilding as well as the difficulties that they face while illustrating those processes. We discussed raising the role of women peacebuilders and having their voice heard in negotiation processes. During the second phase we discussed the small grant projects that the youth representatives had presented. Small grants will be provided soon.

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Democracy Today NGO held another seminar with the youth. During the first part of the seminar the representative of EVN report website Rubina Margosian elaborated on the role of "Velvet Revolution" in Armenia. During teh second part of the meeting there was a discussion on the small projects. Youth from Berd, Chinchin, Movses and Voskepar communities had written small projects which we discussed during the meeting. The projects will be changed a little and will be finalized. We also discussed mini grant projects which will be given to youth centers of Araks, Berd and Voskepar. The youth centers were founded in the scope of Kvinna Till Kvinna`s projects. The grants will be used for community development and projects. We discussed the format and the content of those projects

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"Democracy Today' NGO held a meeting over "Women`s Convention" shadow report. Our NGO has coordinated the working groups of NGOs who were working on the shadow report of Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Women`s Convention). The NGO has also written down some of the topics in the report. Because one year has already passes since the publication of the report, we held a meeting to see the progress of the implementation ination of it by governmental bodies and NGOs and to see on what level they are already cooperating

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Democracy Today NGO conducted another discussion with Dutch Youth Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Melodi Tamarzians. During the meeting youth from different communities of Armenia were also present. The youth discussed all their questions about sexual reproductive health with Melodi Tamarzians.

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Democracy Today NGO conducted a seminar on how to apply for small projects. During the seminar all the details about how to structure the project and how to plan and budget all the expenses were presented. Youth from Chinchin, Movses, Berd, and Voskevan communities who intend to apply for small projects were present. During the seminar we also hosted more experienced participants from Democracy Today's projects. These participants are from Berdavan, Voskepar and Araks communities. 

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Democracy Today NGO conducted another seminar on 1325 UN resolution. During the seminar the topics of peace, human safety and gender equality were touched. Gender equality and its impact in the countries where it exists were highly discussed. Women's role and importance in peacebuilding processes were also in the highlight.

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Serving your country is an honor, responsible and a right. Democracy Today NGO presented "The Key Points of the Right to Health of RA Army" research in the scope of "Protected Life and Health of Military Personnel" project. While preparing the research, there have been discussions with the youth who were mandatory military servicemen and a number of representatives from other NGOs and RA MOD. In the research you can find the norms of the right to health of the military servicemen, the problems related to those rights and the results of focus group discussions, individual interviews and the results of quantitative research.

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Democracy Today NGO continues to conduct the seminars on shooting films about women's role in the scope of "Women for Peace and Gender Equality". During the seminar the plots and the processes of shooting the films have been discussed with the youth from bordering villages. Tigran Paskevichyan conducted the seminar.

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Our conference participants visited Garni

Our conference participants visited Garni and took part in the event of baking Armenian lavash. In Garni we also had conference related discussions.

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Heidi Meinzolt's article about International Young Women’s Award

The "International Young Women's Peace Award" ceremony and The Sixth International Conference:“Challenging Wars and Conflicts: Peace and war through the gender lens” organized by “Democracy Today” NGO took place. Our event was also attended by a man who wrote an article about the event.
 

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Mine Balman about "International Young Women's Peace Award" 

During The "International Young Women's Peace Award" human rights activist Maine Balman (Cyprus) was awarded for her exceptional work in the field of peace and human rights.
She has prepared an article about the Democracy Today NGO's event.

 

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 "Young Women's Peace and Human Rights International Award" - 2018

he "International Young Women's Peace Award" ceremony organized by “Democracy Today” NGO took place. Human rights activist Khin Omar (Burma) photo-journalist Adriane Ohanesyan (US) and human rights activist Maine Balman (Cyprus) were awarded for their exceptional work in the field of peace and human rights.

The winners were nominated by famous international organizations. During the event the special diplomas have also been awarded. Catherine Herzog (Belgium) received a special diploma "For outstanding work in the field of peace and human rights education". Journalist Taus Serganiova (Chechnya) also received a diploma “for human rights and peace journalism”. And the final special diploma was awarded to the EVN Report (Armenia), who as “women journalists have contributed to democracy and human rights”.

Hrant Bagratyan (RA Prime Minister 1993-1996, deputy of RA National Assembly in 2012-2017), Lena Nazaryan (Deputy of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia), Anahit Avanesyan (Deputy Minister of Healthcare), Hovhannes Hovhannisyan (Deputy Minister of Education and Science), American-Armenian lecturer Judith Saryan, General Manager of IBIS Yerevan Canter Center Christian Barbier.

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Democracy Today NGO organized training jointly with ASPR

Democracy Today NGO organized a two-day training about the art of negotiating jointly with The Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR) and Core. The trainings were held in the scope of UN 1325 SC Resolution. To conduct the trainings Dr. Cordula Reimann had arrived in Armenia. We had invited participants from Caucasus, Artsakh and Armenia. After the trainings, Democracy Today NGO summed up all what has been done within this year. Representatives from different international and local bodies, who have closely worked with Democracy Today NGO, were present during the final event. During the festal event our team presented all the programs that we have implemented during 2017. The kids of 'Lapterner' programs colored our event with their beautiful performance.After the trainings, the participants received certificates.

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Seminar with the youth from Georgia and Armenia

Democracy Today NGO conducted a three-day seminar with the youth from Georgia and Armenia. Eliko Bendeliani, the laureate of Young Women Peace and Human Rights International Award, was leading the Georgian group of partners. Representatives from Berdavan, Voskepar, Movses, Voskevan, Chinchin and Berd communities as well as representatives from 'Sinjar Yezidi National Union' were present. Due to the meeting the youth shared their experience with each other and got to know each other's culture.They introduced the works they had done before and discussed to start a mutual program. Gerogian, Armenian and Yezidi youth happily introduced their national dances and songs to each other. During the first day media specialist Samvel Martirosyan conducted a seminar about the internet. 

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Autumn school 2017

Democracy Today NGO held an autumn school in Aghveran from October 27-29. Approximately 50 youngsters from Berdavan, Berd, Voskepar, Voskevan, Movses, Chinchin, Gargar, Arevashogh, Jrashen, Sipanik, Nalbandyan and Aregnadem villages as well as youth from Yezidi community took part in the autumn school. During the first day of the school there was a discussion about future plans. During the training with Victoria Avakova from Democracy Today NGO the participants presented the projects they had implemented in different marzes. During the second day Narine Vardapetyan, the representative of AMCOR Armenian foundation, lectured about HIV and sexual health. Next, there was a film screening about sexual violence against children. Syom Sargsyan presented the film. Gulnara Shahinian, the head of Democracy Today NGO, held the discussion on the film. In the afternoon, Hasmik Edilyan, the representative of Democracy Today NGO, held a training on trafficking. 

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Democracy Today NGO has conducted a two-day seminar.

Youth from Berdavan, Voskepar, Berd, Chinchin, Voskevan, and Movses villages, representatives of Sinjar Yezidi National Union as well as 'Women's Club of Nalbandyan Village' participated in the lecture. During the first day human rights defender and politician Artak Zeynalyan talked about basic human rights. Armenia's membership in international bodies and the role of youth in the society have also been in the highlight. During the second part of the seminar Tigran Paskevichyan, who had earlier conducted a seminar on how to shoot a film about women's role in peacebuilding, deliberated logistical issues with the youth that they were interested in. Film shootings are still in process. During the second day of the seminar Gulnara Shahinian discussed the project of RA.

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DT's Youth in "Velvet revolution"

Nowadays, Armenia is at the centre of worldwide attention. 

The beneficiaries of "Democracy Today" NGO have not missed this struggle and were actively involved in the acts of civil disobedience. Moreover, the special role in this fight played women by taking part in the protests and numerous civil activities. 

"Democracy Today" NGO talked with the its project participants to discover more about their experience. 

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Armenia has new prime minister

Armenia has a new prime minister. Nikol Pashinyan, the leader of the "Velvet revolution" and the representative of people of Armenia was elected as a result of the voting in the National Assembly.

The newly elected Prime Minister joined the people at the Republic square to celebrate the victory together.

The whole country celebrates the victory!

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"Seeking New Paths for Solving Current Challenges. The Stories of Women Peacebuilders"-conference 2017

"Democracy Today" NGO held "Women for Peace and Sustainability. Peace starts from your home" the fifth international conference. The theme of the conference was "Seeking New Paths for Solving Current Challenges. The Stories of Women Peacebuilders". This year conference aims at raising the high awareness on the complex destructive impact of modern wars and conflicts on women and entire populations, discuss the power of change brought by introduction and use of UN Security Council Resolutions on “Women, Peace and security” and learn from the personal narratives of exceptional women from many conflict areas on their long road to peace. As in the previous years, conference acts as innovative platform for Government representatives, International community, religious leaders, academics, civil society and individual women grassroots leaders to share, learn and together develop most inclusive and advanced policies to address modern challenges. The topics of discussion. “Gender based violence during conflicts and wars ” Narratives of women peace builders, stories of resilience and creativity. “UN SG Resolution 1325 and complex of other UN resolutions. Visible progress, promising practices” During the conference H.E. Mr.Piotr Antoni Świtalski (Ambassador, Head of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Armenia), H.E. Ms. Judith Margaret Farnworth, (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Embassy of UK in Armenia), S.E.M. Jean-François Charpentier (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary), Ms. Rosaria Puglisi, (Deputy head of NATO), Stacy Ziebell (Gender Adviser at Operations Department EUMM), Ms. Heidi Meinzolt (European Coordinator WILPF (Germany), Ms. Molly Freeman (Women’s Leadership Forum” member of Steering Committee (USA) had a speech. 

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 "Young Women's Peace and Human Rights International Award" - 2017

The laureats of the "Young Women's Peace and Human Rights International Award" are already known. Democracy Today NGO has granted "Young Women's Peace and Human Rights" awards for the sixth time. This year the representatives of Colombia and Iraq received the awards. "Baghdad Women's Association" was granted with "Young Women Peace and Human Rights" award for raising women's role in Iraq in the processes of peace building and reconciliation. The award was given to Barween Mohammed Ameen, the board member of "Baghdad Women's Association". "Young Women's Peace and Human Rights" award was also given to Katherine Ronderos, the representative of Colombia, for raising women's role in peace building. Ms. Katherine is the president of WILPF. "Young Women Peace and Human Rights" awards were handed to the new winners by Ms. Ghaida Odat and Eliko Bendeliani, the laureates of the last

year. 

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"The Key Points of the Right to Health of RA Army" research and video clip presentation

Serving your country is an honor, responsible and a right. Democracy Today NGO presented "The Key Points of the Right to Health of RA Army" research in the scope of "Protected Life and Health of Military Personnel" project.  In the research you can find the norms of the right to health of the military servicemen, the problems related to those rights and the results of focus group discussions, individual interviews and the results of quantitative research. During the event a video about the basic points of the right to health of mandatory military servicemen was introduced. The video will be broadcast by the TV companies of 8 marzes starting from September. The project is being financed by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.

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