Leadership in Public Arenas

Men dominate in the realms of politics and government. There are very few women involved in over 50 political parties registered in Armenia and, following the 1997 parliamentary elections, there are only eight women in the National Assembly. Armenians believe that women are not supposed to be involved or interested in politics because politics is believed to be "men's work" and inherently corrupt. Therefore most women are less inclined toward an active involvement in politics and public life except for the nearly 3,000 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that have emerged in the post-Soviet period. Even though women are active in the NGO sector, where they lead two thirds of these organizations, they have not yet been able to advance in the realm of politics and in the Armenian government.

Although a number of Armenian women fought and defended their homes during the Turkish Genocide of the Armenians (1915-18) and the Nagorno Karabagh conflict (1988-94), men have traditionally been the warriors and military leaders in Armenian society. Currently, women do not serve in the Armenian army.

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