On June 11, 2012, the Hrayr Maroukhian Foundation, with the financial support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, presented the translation and publication of “Economics and Social Democracy,” the second book in a series aimed at disseminating information about social democracy. German economist and professor Dr. Christoph Zopel visited Armenia to participate in the presentation. Here, HMF director Maria Titizian and Christoph Zopel give an interview to Yerkir Media’s “Yerkri Hartse” program.
Hrayr Maroukhian Foundation (HMF) Director Maria Titizian sits down for a Q&A with Vaché Thomassian of the ARF Shant Student Association.
In this interview by Civilitas director Salpi Ghazarian, Alen Amirkhanian and HMF director, Maria Titizian discuss the recent wave of environmental activism in Armenia, particularly the commotion being made regarding illegal construction in Mashdots Park. Listen to their thoughts about the successes and shortcomings of this mini-movement evolving in Armenia.
In this episode, young political leaders Nona Otaryan, Anahit Harutunyan, Margarita Hakobyan and Marta Simonyan highlight the necessity of encouraging more women to be active in the political sphere. The panelists, representing four different political parties, discuss their own reasons for becoming active as well as the reasons women’s participation in public life is imperative to the principles of democracy and social development.
Women’s involvement in the liberation movement of Nagorno-Karabakh is often overlooked. This segment addresses the ways women have coped with displacement, the loss of family, and the psychological impact armed conflict has had on their lives. The episode also highlights the direct role women played in the success of the struggle.
Members of Parliament and civic activists participated in a panel disucssion about the issue of violence against women. This segment recognized the various organizations and programs that have recently been created to proivde legal, economic and psychological support for victims of domestic violence. Panelists emphasized the importance of both legal remedies and societal mindsets as key elements to stop gender based violence.
The reproductive health of women is a serious area of concern in Armenia today. In this segment health care experts, Karine Saribekyan, Sevada Hakobyan, Anush Poghosyan and Nelly Avakyan address the multiple reasons for increasing infertility rates, abortion rates as well as the importance of preventative care.
Expert panelists Karineh Guyumjian, Alina Poghosyan, Arman Melkonyan and Vardan Gevorgyan discuss the impacts of mass migration on women’s lives. Raising a family alone is identified as a significant challenge women face when men migrate for long-term employment. Changes in women’s roles and responsibilities in society is also addressed. With the absence of their husbands, women must continue their domestic responsiblities as well as take on tasks traditionally performed by men.
The objective of this segment was to showcase successful Armenian women business owners and breadwinners, in order to begin dismantling rigid stereotypes that are prevalent in our traditionally patriarchal society. Women entrepreneurs and managers participated as panelists to discuss how they have become equal particpants of economic life.
Below is a video interview on Yerkir Media’s “Երկրի հարց” talk-show, with Director of the Hrayr Maroukhian Foundation, Maria Titizian and Member of Parliament of the Republic of Armenia, Ara Nranyan. Watch as they discuss the policy paper entitled “Social Reforms in Armenia” , which was published by the Hrayr Maroukhian foundation, and focuses on healthcare, social housing and employment in the RA.
Video interview with Vice President of Socialist International and Director of the HMF, Maria Titizian, about the foundation and its activities in Armenia.
Watch Yerkir Media’s coverage of the Hrayr Maroukhian Social Democracy Seminar, which took place at the Ani Plaza Hotel on October 29-30.