The initiative belonged to YSU Centre for Leadership and Gender Studies. The main goal was to discuss the migration issues and the impact of this phenomenon on women in the rural areas of our republic. Three researches on this issue were presented to the audience.
The speaker was the alumni of YSU Faculty of Sociology Arusyak Sevoyan, who has defended her PhD thesis atArizonaStateUniversityand currently works as a researcher at the Centre for the Research of the Australian Population and Migration at theUniversityofAdelaideofSouth Australia.
The guest was first introduced by the Director of the Centre for Leadership and Gender Studies Gohar Shahnazaryan who thanked the speaker for accepting the invitation.
Arusyak Sevoyan noted that three different studies reflecting the impacts of the migration are important since they present the internal problems of the country not only from economic but also social and health aspects.
The speaker first talked about the research, implement in January of 2005 in Ararat and Tavush regions together with the students of the Faculty of Sociology. The research was headed “Migration, social capital and reproductive health and behavior in rural communities ofArmenia”, which shows the impact of the migration on the reproduction of population. The target group here was the 18-45 women.
In October 2007 they involved the women of the same age group during the researches, implemented in Gegharqunik region. The research was headed “Labor migration and sexually transmitted diseases inArmenia.”
These researches were carried out applying the same questionnaires, which allowed the researchers to gather information from a few dozen households of the rural community. The focus was on the migrant who leaved his native country for earnings, what activities he has undertaken, how much time has lived abroad, how much money has earned, how many children he has, his gender environment, his awareness of the sexually transmitted diseases, if he has been infected by such diseases, the frequency of the use of contraceptives, etc.
Arusyak Sevoyan then spoke about other research, implemented in the end of 2007, which was called “Marital communications and the use of the medical resources when sexually transmitted diseases are spread by women in the context of the labor migration of men.”
“The aim of these works was to compare the situation of women of migrants and the situation of women of non-migrants. I should say that it is difficult to find in literature such thorough and comprehensive sociological and statistical information about the CIS countries, so these data are extremely important not only for Armenia, but also other countries in the region in the context of the implementation of programs on migration,” - said the speaker.