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A small but important victory for Armenian women

After 1 year of struggle and constant monitoring and awareness raising, the Women's groups and the coalition to stop violence against women in Armenia witnessed finally their first victory. A year ago, Zaruhi a young mother was beaten to death by her husband. The whole nation was shocked by the news and it was the first time that a domestic violence case was talked about publicly. Armenia is a very conservative country and issues like domestic violence is considered as a private matter and not deserving a societal mobilization. A handfull of women's organization have been struggling for the past years to raise the issue in the different communities of the country and yesterday was a proof that they came a long way. Following Zaruhi's murder 7 organizations gathered together for the first time and built the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women and worked together for the past year to make sure that the case of this young women will find justice in Armenia's legal court. After many public actions, open letters, meetings and court monitorings, finally yesterday, the husband was convicted to a maximum sentence 10 years in prison. Now I know this sentence seems very lenient but for Armenia it is a first victory. But the struggle did not end yet, Armenia still needs to pass a domestic violence law and work more on raising awareness in the rural areas as well as the regional cities. Working in a coalition made things much successful and the work continues...

For more on Zaruhi's case see here:


YAOtieno's picture

Hi Lara, indeed it is a

Hi Lara,

indeed it is a significant victory, I like that you say - Working in a coalition made things much successful and the work continues.....

I have lasso read your blog and website and I respect you fo rthe work you are doing in Armenia. Keep writing and updating us on news from Armenia.



A candle looses nothing my lighting another

Beejay's picture

No victory is small

Hey Lara,

Thanks for your post. It was heartwarming and well received.

Even though you say small victory, I say no victory is ever small. It is a step unto higher grounds... Though it might seem slow, yet an impact and indelible impression has been made... That is making good history

Keep working and thumps up to you and the coalition

Beejay Fabamise, Nigeria

usha kc's picture

Hi Lara, very glad to knwo

Hi Lara, very glad to knwo about the victory. You are doing so praising work for nation please keep it up!!

thank you for sharing.


Sanu Tuladhar's picture

aramanian victory

Great job.each and every women should speak and unite in this regard. should not hide the problem .

Nusrat Ara's picture

Well begun. This is just the

Well begun. This is just the beginning let us hope things are going to get better and better from here. And yes we will have to work for that .



amiesissoho's picture

A good begining

Having brought the private into the public is a good beginning in addressing GBV. It could be tiring but don't give up.


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