Implementation of the requirements of the Law “On ensuring equal rights and equal opportunities for men and women” and ensuring of the provisions of “The Strategic Programme for the Gender Policy Implementation in the Republic of Armenia for 2019-2023".

Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of the Republic of Armenia, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia,
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

In 2015-2019, the Government of the Republic of Armenia, has set -- as priorities in the culture sector for upcoming years -- a task to increase the preservation of cultural foundations of the society, the overcoming of provincialism, the expansion of the world view of citizens, ensuring access to national and global cultural resources for the population. The main domains in the culture sector have been set as follows: the proportionate development of culture, the preservation of cultural heritage and the development of modern infrastructures of art, the promotion of cultural processes, the application of information technologies and the cultural education.
The activities of cultural institutions and organisations are aimed at ensuring equal rights and opportunities for women and men to freely participate in [cultural] life, to enjoy the benefits of their own creation, and to freely interact with cultural values.
Within the framework of improving the situation of women in the Republic of Armenia and increasing their role in the society, a task is set to cover the ideas of gender equality through culture and mass media, to promote the formation of ideals of a woman and a man and to increase the prestige of women in the public consciousness.
From the point of view of gender expression, importance is attached to "KIN" ["A Woman"] (51 films from 16 countries) and "Sose" (more than 172 films from 39 countries participated) international film festivals.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

The following results have been recorded during the implementation of the policy:
- Introduction of gender expert examination of laws, secondary legal acts, policies and programmes in the culture sector;
- Development of analytical tools for the purpose of establishing gender perspectives in the cultural policy;
- Encouraging the positive coverage of gender issues in the print media and publishing and promoting the spread of ideas of equality between men and women;
- Creation of educational and methodological complexes for teaching gender subjects in the form of textbooks and methodological manuals;
- Inclusion of the gender component in the state policy in the culture sector;
- Targeted support of social programmes dedicated to the issues of gender equality in the audiovisual sectors (cinema, theatre, advertising) within the framework of state order financing;
- Introduction of gender knowledge in the training system of cultural workers.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia, state administration and local self-government bodies, non-governmental organisations
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

The following results have been recorded during the implementation of the policy:
- Ensuring equal access to state cultural institutions for women and men;
- Rooting the principles of gender equality and non-discrimination in the culture sector;
- Overcoming of ideas distorting national traditions and culture, as well as overcoming sexual stereotypes;
- Encouraging the overcoming of gender stereotypes and promoting a balanced presentation of positive images of women and men;
- Expanding representation of women at the levels of decision-making in the cultural management system and development of cultural policy;
- Creating an opportunity for creative women to present their work and to start their own business in the future, as well as to make new acquaintances for cooperation;
- Presenting the right ideas to the audience about gender equality.

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)