Social assistance to Syunik’s border villages includes subsidizing natural gas bills, but that’s no use to residents when the pipes don’t reach their homes. They don’t want to leave, but are enduring unprecedented hardship.
Sona Martirosyan received her Masters Degree in journalism at Yerevan State University. She continued her education at the Yerevan School of Political Studies supported by the Council of Europe. For five years she worked as a correspondent for several local and international news outlets. For the past nine years she worked as the director of the news website Aysor.am. Sona has carried out projects in media literacy, protection of ethnic, religious and sexual minorities’ rights, women’s involvement in peacemaking processes and identity based discrimination. Currently, she is the head of Public Relations at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of Armenia.
The illegal adoption of newborns in Armenia has always been talked about behind closed doors. These cases are now being revealed as state bodies and law enforcement agencies crack down on those involved in the trafficking of children. Many believe it is only the tip of the iceberg.
The fertility rate in Armenia is 1.6 births per woman. This year, five regions in the country registered mortality rates higher than their birth rates. The largest spike was in Lori marz. Experts say that the demographic rates are alarming.
In the public discourse, sex is often seen as being diametrically opposed to almost everything - religion, love, traditional values, even the motherland. With this in mind, many will be shocked to hear that sex does exist in Armenia, Sona Martirosyan writes.
Over a decade ago, Armenia’s government launched a pilot project called Deinstitutionalization of Orphanages. The initiative, which also sought the creation of a Foster Family program was not successful for many reasons, but mostly because it was never really child-centered. The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs is set to change that.
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