On June 4, YSU Centre for Leadership and Gender Studies organized a seminar. Researcher Ruzanna Tsaturyan presented the participants the research “Presentation of Gender Roles in the Textbooks of the Armenian Schools”. It was made in the first six months of the current year.
“Making the research, I came across interesting stereotypes. For example, textbooks tell us only about the ideal family, while we are all well aware of the fact there are numerous single-parent families. In general, not all families are perfect,” - she said, adding that the distribution of roles in the Armenian families is presented in an especially interesting way.
According to Ruzanna Tsaturyan, boys and men are presented in the textbooks as the bearers of the active roles, while women are described as passive actors. Ruzanna Tsaturyan says it is not easy to say why our school textbooks are full of such stereotypes, but she is sure that the Ministry of Education and Science should eliminate these shortcomings.
“It is the fourth discussion of the kind, organized by our Centre. Our aim is to make a focus on the features of gender roles, existing in our textbooks. I should note that women are generally active in this field and the evidence is that only women are present at this meeting,” - says the Director of the Centre for Leadership and Gender Studies Gohar Shahnazaryan, adding that the goal of the Centre is to break the stereotypes.
Participants of the meeting expressed various opinions on the issue discussed. The meeting was attended by YSU students and PhD students, representatives of other universities, as well as international and local NGOs.