Since the adoption of a new Constitution in 2015 and the new electoral code in 2016, the quota for women’s representation in elected bodies has been raised to 25 per cent from 20 per cent. As a result of the implementation of its respective National Action Plan, the number of female judges has reached 25 per cent. Armenia consistently emphasizes the importance of dialogue and confidence-building in the context of the peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.
Domestic procedures have been launched to sign the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.
Armenia set up an inter-agency working group for the elaboration of a National Action Plan on the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000), with a view to its adoption in 2018.
Armenia will be presenting to the Parliament a draft law on the prevention of domestic violence and the protection of victims. Armenia’s national laws and provisions of equal rights and equal opportunities for women and men and identifying and assisting victims of trafficking and human exploitation, as well as numerous other legal and normative acts, remain important instruments for the promotion of gender equality and the protection of the rights of women.
The elaboration of a concept note and a draft action plan that is to be approved soon by the Minister of Defence concerning women’s rights and equal opportunities in the field of defence are important building blocks in Armenia’s national efforts for the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000).
This year, Armenia was elected to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Earlier this month, Armenia hosted the Summit of la Francophonie in Yerevan. One of the main documents adopted at the Yerevan Summit was the Francophonie strategy for the promotion of equality between women and men, and the rights and empowerment of women and girls.
Armenia is currently in the final stage of the elaboration of the national action plan for resolution 1325 (2000), following an inclusive process of extensive public consultations involving civil society.