Guest of YSU Centre for Leadership and Gender Studies was the researcher, ethnographer at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of NAS RA Ruzanna Tsatryan.
The study was prepared beginning with March 2013 up to April 2014 on the basis of gender issues and rights, as well as the analysis of written and oral sources, related to the women’s participation in the political processes.
“The ideas about the role, status and rights of women in the contemporary Armenian society are contradictory. This contradiction is transferred to the political discourse with incomplete understanding of women’s issues,” - said Mrs. Tsatryan and added that even in the political discourse in the context of the “traditional Armenian family” concept more traditional roles are assigned for women.
The author discusses the image of woman in modern political discourse, decoding the words (texts) and sounds (speeches) to outline the core ideas for understanding of women.
Ruzanna Tsatryan analyzes also the verbal (speeches, interviews) and written (political and party documents, messages) sources, revealing how contemporary key politicians and officials in Armenia see, outline and understand women’s issues and rights.
“I had a research hypothesis that gender issues have quite controversial subtexts. It is clear that Armenia has international commitments to gender equality and women’s issues, but they do not have daily content, that is, the developers of political and national platform have traditional mentality and do not include urgent problems in the agendas,” - she said.
The research has been conducted in the framework of a Small Grant Program of the Centre for Leadership and Gender Studies.