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Official Statement of “Women in Black”, Armenia peacebuilding NGO

We, the representatives of “Women in Black”, Armenia peacebuilding NGO, express our deep concern to the violence committed by the Armenian Police against civilians and protesters: riot police clashed late on Friday with hundreds of people near a police compound in Yerevan occupied by gunmen affiliated with an Armenian opposition group.

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On July 17 in the morning the occupation of Grand Patrol Service station by “Sasna Tsrer” group was followed by persecutions of peaceful civilians by police officers in the streets.During these days the police, without providing reasonable suspicion, restricted the exercise of freedom of movement, rights to peaceful assembly of citizens, rights to freedom of expression.

At around 10:30 pm Friday, police in Armenia fired tear gas and stun grenades at hundreds of demonstrators gathered on the cordoned off section of the Khorenatsi street and in the adjacent Sari Tagh neighborhood in support of the “Sasna Tsrer” armed group.

Armenia’s Health Ministry reports that almost 70 people have been hospitalized with different types of injuries including a lot of people with broken a rms and legs, and also a young man named Sayat with a seemingly severe damage to his eye. It subsequently became known that the 16-year-old has lost his eye. Also several underage children (from 2 months to 7 year) have been hospitalized.13876537_729382897201576_1005090205035053184_n

We, the representatives of “Women in Black”, Armenia peacebuilding NGO, called to fight against militarism, violence, injustice, conflict and war, are deeply concerned about the increased violent activities committed by the Armenian Police.   

 For more information, please see the links below:

  1. http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/photoset/all/9610
  2. http://www.epress.am/en/2016/07/30/armenian-police-use-special-means-against-supporters-of-erebuni-gunmen-video.html
  3. http://www.azatutyun.am/a/27888975.html
  4. https://www.facebook.com/4PlusPhoto/photos/?tab=album&album_id=729382743868258

 

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«Սևազգեստ կանայք» միջազգային խաղաղաշինական շարժման հայաստանյան նախաձեռնության պաշտոնական հայտարարությունը

Մենք`«Սևազգեստ կանայք» միջազգային խաղաղաշինական շարժման հայաստանյան նախաձեռնության ներկայացուցիչներս, հայտնում ենք մեր մտահոգությունը Ադրբեջանի կողմից խաղաղ բնակչության բնակավայրերում իրականացված հրթիռահրետակոծության հետևանքով ղարաբաղա-ադրբեջանական հակամարտ զորքերի շփման գծում տիրող լարվածության ու առկա բռնության, և թե՛ հայ, թե՛ ադրբեջանական հասարակության շրջանում տարածված ռազմի կոչերի վերաբերյալ:

Սույն թվականի ապրիլի 2-ին ղարաբաղա-ադրբեջանական սահմանի ողջ երկայնքով հրադադարի ռեժիմի խախտումը հանգեցրել է խաղաղ բնակչության շրջանում զոհերի՝ 12 տարեկան երեխա է սպանվել , ունենք երկու անչափահաս վիրավոր: ՀՀ-ի հակահարվածները չուշացան, ուստի կորուստները երկկողմանի են, շարունակական ու ծանր:

Մենք` «Սևազգեստ կանայք» միջազգային շարժման հայաստանյան նախաձեռնության ներկայացուցիչներս, կոչված լինելով պայքարելու ռազմականության, բռնությունների, կոնֆլիկտների և պատերազմի դեմ, խորապես մտահոգված ենք ռազմական գործողությունների աճով և բախումների հետևանքով մարդկանց մեծաքանակ կորուստներով: Հորդորում ենք երկու երկրների կառավարություններին վերջ տալ բռնությանն ու պատերազմին և ամեն գնով փորձել կոնֆլիկտին ոչ-բռնի լուծում տալ՝ ձեռնամուխ լինելով հարատև խաղաղության: Դիմելով ժողովրդին՝ կոչ ենք անում վերջ տալ երկուստեք հնչող ատելության կոչերին` խուսափելով ագրեսիա տարածելուց:

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Official Statement of The Armenian Initiative of the “Women in Black” International Movement

We, the representatives of The Armenian Initiative of the “Women in Black” International Peace Movement, express our deep concern with regard to the tension and violence along the entire length of the contact line of Nagorno Karabakh- Azerbaijan and war calls among the Armenian and Azerbaijani societies as a result of carrying out rocket and artillery strikes not only on the Armenian military units, but also on civilian settlements.

On April 2, the violation of the ceasefire along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border led to civilian casualties, a 12-year old child was killed and 2 people were wounded. The Armenian side took retaliatory actions . resulting in bilateral losses, continuous and depressing.

We, the representatives of the Armenian Initiative of “Women In Black” International Movement, called to fight against militarism, violence, conflict and war, are deeply concerned about the increased military activities, the high level of incidents bringing about the death of people on the contact line. Our Urgent Call is addressed to the governments of both countries to stop violence and war, doing everything possible to find a non-violent solution leading to a lasting peace. We want to call to both societies to stop bilateral hate speeches avoiding from spreading aggression.

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Participation in the “Women in Black” International Gathering in Bangalore, India

12219571_847777555334919_8840962706033650850_nThree representatives of “Women in Black”, Armenian Initiative Arusik, Rimma and Anush had a chance to participate in the WIB International gathering, which took place in Bangalore, India from November 15 to 19, 2015. The Armenian delegation upheld sessions on the impact of war on women in the region, as well as on the WIB Armenia movement itself during the international meeting. They also took part in the World Court of Women Against War, For Peace, which aimed at giving voices to women from all parts of the world by providing testimonies to the Court.  WIB Armenia members brought their testimony to the Court, speaking of the effects of war and conflict in our country, in the language of suffusing and on behalf of all women affected by it.

This was a huge experience for the Armenian delegation, because they made a lot of acquaintances with a lot of activists there, who are like living legends in the sphere of feminism. So this was a huge source of inspiration, experience and knowledge for the Armenian delegation and then also for the members of 12301771_851464721632869_7316535335650891058_nthe whole group of “Women in Black”, Armenian Initiative, who were updated about all the details of the conference when the girls returned from India.

And it’s important to mention the fact that Armenian delegation also participated in the vigil of the “Women in Black” International Peace Movement against War. We were delighted to find the pictures of vigil participants from Armenia appeared in the prominent Indian media agency.

 

You can see the photos of the conference here.

 

Arusik Ohanyan
“Women in Black”, Armenian Initiative

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Series of Trainings Devoted to Conflict Resolution Through Non-violent Struggle for Young Leaders

IMG_1253Taking into consideration the fact that Armenia is in the unresolved regional conflict and highlighting the peaceful methods of conflict resolution as well as the involvement of young women and girls in it, the members of “Women in Black” Armenian Initiative of the international movement organized and implemented several courses devoted to this issue. The courses are preceded by preliminary activities, during which the young members of the initiative got the necessary knowledge and skills from the experienced trainers for the implementation of their idea of courses.

“Conflict resolution: the role of women in peace-building processes” training course was launched in the capital city Yerevan on October 26th in high school №148 named  after Mushegh Galshoyan for the pupils of 11th grade, accompanied by active discussions and debates.

The second training was held in Kurtan village of Lori region on March 4; then the third one in Aygavan village of Ararat region on March 17 for the pupils of 11th-12th grades.
The course was divided into two parts, where the theoretical part were followed by the practical exercises, during which participants had the opportunity to express and discuss a number of issues. The IMG_9841second part of the training was the discussion part mostly devoted to women’s involvement in peaceful conflict resolution, during which participants were introduced to the history of the international movement of “Women in Black”.

According the reviews and comments by participants, the courses were interesting and important. Most of them expressed their willingness to participate in such trainings, some of them express their willingness to volunteer for the initiative and cooperate in the future. As a result of the trainings, a network of active youth from different regions of Armenia was formed, and we hope it will bring us to the new stages of peaceful conflict resolution with its knowledge and innovative approaches in the future.


See the training photos below:

Training in Yerevan – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.839131366199538.1073741844.726448214134521&type=3

Training in Ohanavan, Aragatsotn – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.842503082529033.1073741845.726448214134521&type=3

Training in Kurtan, Lori – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.915057898606884.1073741852.726448214134521&type=3

Training in Aygevan, Ararat – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.915286865250654.1073741853.726448214134521&type=3

 

Lusine Kosakyan
“Women in Black”, Armenian Initiative

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“Women Unite For Peace” peacebuilding flashmob

12310662_856980201081321_4464925099306721785_nIn December 3, 2015 the members of “Women in Black”, Armenian initiative, together with “Society Without Violence” NGO as an annual tradition organised “Women, unite for peace” public event which was accompanied by a peacebuilding dance flash mob. The event took place in the central corpus of Yerevan State University. Despite the cold and snowy weather members of the initiative danced the flash mob several times which was inspiring and by that inspiration they shared the peacebuilding ideology. By that way members expressed their endurance to overcome the difficulties while distributing the ideology. By the way the event was held in the frames of 16-Days of Activism to stop gender based violence.

As always a list of issues were highlighted during the event: the importance of women’s involvement in decision-making processes, women’s participation in peacebuilding formal and informal negotiations, as well as in the processes of creating mechanisms for conflict transformation. For that purpose there were informative booklets, leaflets, postcards highlighted with the peacebuilding essence of the initiative and they were given to the passers-by, students and other interested people. There were also posters presenting the strategies to overcome conflicts.12314103_856978921081449_7820574387449687034_n

One of the members of “Women in Black”, Armenian initiative, Arusik said in one of her interviews: “Flash mobs are active and inspiring way to spread and express your ideology. So we danced, got inspired and involved others also. We shared our peace ideology with people. We tried to show the importance of women’s involvement in peacebuilding and conflict resolution processes and the need of awareness raising”.

It’s important to mention also the fact that some of the dancers were not the members and supporters of “Women in Black”, Armenian initiative but girls who were interested in the ideology and the event.

You can see the photos of the flash mob here and enjoy the video here.


Arpy Balyan 

“Women in Black”. Armenian Initiative

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«Սևազգեստ կանայք» միջազգային խաղաղաշինական շարժման հայաստանյան նախաձեռնության պաշտոնական հայտարարությունը

 

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Մwib logoենք` «Սևազգեստ կանայք» միջազգային խաղաղաշինական շարժման հայաստանյան նախաձեռնության ներկայացուցիչներս, մեր մտահոգությունն ենք հայտնում վերջին ժամանակաշրջանում հայադրբեջանական սահմանին տեղի ունեցող գնդակոծության հետևանքով և´ հայ և´ ադրբեջանական հասարակության լայն շերտերի շրջանում տարածված ատելության քարոզի և ռազմի կոչերի վերաբերյալ:

Սույն թվականի սեպտեմբերի 24-ին հրադադարի պահպանման ռեժիմի խախտման արդյունքում հայ-ադրբեջանական սահմանի վրա գնդակոծության հետևանքով ՀՀ սահմանամերձ Տավուշի մարզում խաղաղ բնակչության շրջանում սպանվեց 3 կին և գրանցվեցին վիրավորներ: Սեպտեմբերի 25-ի գիշերը շարունակվող գնդակոծության ալիքն ընդգրկեց նաև Լեռնային Ղարաբաղը, ինչի արդյունքում գրանցվեց 4 զոհ՝ 18-20 տարեկան երիտասարդ զինծառայողներ և ևս 16 վիրավոր: ՀՀ պատասխան հակահարվածները ևս չուշացան, ուստի կորուստները երկկողմանի են, շարունակական ու ծանր:

ԶԼՄ-ներն ու սոցիալական հարթակները երկուստեք ողողված են հայ-ադրբեջանական սահմանին հրադադարի ռեժիմի խախտման վերաբերյալ տխրահռչակ լուրերով, շուրջբոլորը միայն ատելության քարոզ է՝ առանց խաղաղության գեթ մի կոչի: Նմանատիպ հայտարարությունները միայն սրում են առանց այդ էլ լարված իրավիճակը՝ նվազագույն չափով չնպաստելով պատերազմական իրավիճակի հանդարտեցմանը և հակամարտության կարգավորմանը:

Մենք` «Սևազգեստ կանայք» միջազգային շարժման հայաստանյան նախաձեռնության ներկայացուցիչներս, կոչված լինելով պայքարելու ռազմականության, բռնությունների, կոնֆլիկտների և պատերազմի դեմ, ձգտելով միջազգային հարատև խաղաղության հաստատմանը, խորապես անհանգստանալով ատելության ու ռազմի կոչերի արդյունքում առկա իրավիճակի հետագա սրացումներով՝ հորդորում ենք դադարեցնել երկուստեք հնչեցվող ատելության և ռազմի կոչերը` դրանով իսկ  չսրելով արդեն իսկ լարված իրավիճակը:

5.10.2015

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Official Statement of The Armenian Initiative of the Women in Black International Peace Movement

We, the representatives of The Armenian Initiative of the Women in Black International Peace Movement, are deeply concerned about hatred and war calls among the wide layers of both Armenian and Azerbaijani societies as a result of recent bombardments on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

On September 24, as a result of the violation of the ceasefire along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, 3 women were killed and many were wounded among civilians in the Armenian border region Tavush. On the evening of the 25th of September the ongoing wave of firing included the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and 4 young soldiers, aged 18-20, were killed, and 16 injured. The counter-actions by Armenian side were not delayed resulting in bilateral losses, continuous and depressing.

On both sides, mass media and social platforms are flooded by the sad news about violation of the cease-fire between Armenia and Azerbaijan; hate speech prevails without even one call for peace. The above-mentioned calls worsen the situation which is already tense, without promoting the appeasement of war situation and the conflict resolution.

We, the representatives of the Armenian Initiative of Women In Black International Movement, called to struggle against militarism, violence, conflict and war, seeking to reach worldwide peace, are deeply concerned with the deterioration of the situation as a result of the ongoing hate speech and call to both societies to stop bilateral hate speeches, thus avoiding from worsening the already tense situation.

5.10.2015

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Feminist Resistance to War and Violence in Serbia(part 2)

By the end of 1993 Women in Black had been protesting in the streets for two years. In that time they acquired a jaded view of peace plans and international interventions. In their New Year’s Message of 1994 they had only universal condemnation for all parties: “The sanctions imposed by the [United Nations] Security Council do not affect only those who have caused them: the militarist Serbian regime and its partners, the new elite antimil2of war-profiteers, whose world-wide bank accounts are safe and sound. The so-called international community has moreover given political support to this regime by legalizing the results of its conquests and ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and elsewhere…. We mistrust a ‘peace’ based on ‘deals’ made by the nationalist-militaristic elites who have caused this war. We mistrust the so-called mediators who use peace slogans to fan war and ethnic hatred; they are part of the same old patriarchal militaristic machinery” (Women in Black 27 December 1993, 15).

Women in Black continued to wear black and stand in the street until after an enforced peace was brought to Bosnia. During 1997, they supported and participated in the grassroots democracy movement in Serbia. The situation looked more hopeful for the first time in many years. But Slobodan Miloševic was not about to be maneuvered out of power by democracy. He refused to accept the results of the election and soon had control of the government again. When Serbia renewed the violence in Kosovo, Women in Black working with other pro-democracy, human rights and anti-violence groups organized protest rallies.

On 19 September 1998, the government banned the antiwar rally Against War. Women in Black issued a statement: “…by banning this protest, the regime in Serbia proves its policy of isolation, xenophoby [sic] and confrontation with the world. With this repressive act the regime also serbiax-largeshows its determination for war, hatred, destruction and violence against all who think they opposite, even against an indeed small group of citizens, who from 1991 until today raise their voice against all kinds of violence” (Women Black, et al, 19 September 1998).

Nine days later, threats to Women in Black and other groups that spoke out against the Serbian regime were issued in the Serbian Parliament. At this time, NATO had threatened to bomb Belgrade in order to force the Serbian regime to stop the police and military aggression in Kosovo. Vojislav Šešelj, previously a war criminal in Croatia and Bosnia and now the Deputy Prime Minister, responded with self-annihilating nationalism and threats to retaliate against peace activists, who he referred to as “Serbia’s inner enemies.”

In response to these threats, the Women in Black issued their annual statement “Seven Years of Women in Black Against War: 9 October 1991 to 9 October 1998.” This time the annual report was in the form of a confession of their guilt for seven years of activism for peace, freedom and democracy for all people in former Yugoslavia.

“I confess

to my longtime anti-war activity;

that I did not agree with the severe beating of people of other ethnicities and nationalities, faiths, race, sexual orientation;

that I was not present at the ceremonial act of throwing flowers on the tanks headed for Vukovar, 1991 and Prishtina, 1998;

that I fed women and children in the refugee camps, schools, churches, and mosques;

that I sent packages for women and men in the basements of occupied Sarajevo in 1993, 1994, and 1995;

that for the entire year I crossed the walls of Balkan ethno-states, because solidarity is the politics which interests me;

that I understand democracy as support to anti-war activists/friends/sisters – Albanian women, Croat women, Roma women, stateless women;

that I first challenged the murderers from the state where I live and then those from other states, because I consider this to be responsible political behavior of a citizen;

that throughout all the seasons of the year I insisted that there be an end to the slaughter, destruction, ethnic cleansing, forced evacuation of people and rape;

that I took care of others while the patriots took care of themselves” (Women in Black, 9 October 1998).

Translated and edited by Rimma Soghomonian.

The source – http://www.uri.edu/artsci/wms/hughes/warvio1.htm

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Feminist Resistance to War and Violence in Serbia(part 1)

Since 1991, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia has been torn apart. The Serbian regime, headed by Slobodan Miloševic, has instigated hatred, ethnic cleansing and war throughout all the former republics and provinces of Yugoslavia. Throughout this same time, feminists in Serbia and Croatia have worked on peace activism and solidarity among women. While all the nationalist leaders have engaged in words of hatred, and supported ethnically defined national identities and statuses, militarism and killing, the feminist women’s groups have founded anti-war and feminist movements.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWomen were the majority of the organizers and participants of the peace movement in Belgrade. Throughout the spring and summer of 1991, the Belgrade Women’s Lobby took part in peace demonstrations, issued weekly calls for an end to bloodshed, and criticized media programs that promoted nationalism and violence against women. After the start of the war in Slovenia the Belgrade Women’s Lobby appealed to the federal government: “We ask that the units of the Federal Army unconditionally withdraw to their barracks. The youth did not go to serve in the military in order to impede the separation of any ethnic group from Yugoslavia. A Yugoslavia maintained by force is useless to everyone” (Belgrade Women’s Lobby July 1991).

By the fall of 1991, feminists dissatisfied with the character of the anti-war protests and they decided to found another organization. The Israeli group Women in Black, that wore black and protested  in silence  against the disastrous consequences of  the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, inspired the women.

Women in Black made its first appearance in Belgrade on 9 October 1991. In their first public statement the activists defined themselves as an anti-nationalist, anti-militarist, feminist, pacifist group who rejected the reduction of women to the role of mothers: “The work of women in peace groups is presupposed, it is invisible, trying, women’s work; it’s a part of ‘our’ role; to care for others, to comfort, aid, tend wounds, and feed. The painful realization that the peace movement would to some extent also follow a patriarchal model caused a serious dilemma for feminist-pacifists. We wanted our presence to be VISIBLE, not to be seen as something ‘natural,’ as part of a woman’s role. We wanted it to be clearly understood that what we were doing was our political choice, a radical criticism of the patriarchal, militarist regime and a non-violent act of resistance to policies that destroy cities, kill people, and annihilate human relations” (Women In Black 1993).zenendemilit(1)

Another political aim of Women in Black is to strengthen the solidarity among women who have been separated by guns and borders: “We are the group of women who believe that solidarity is one of the deepest values of our existence, that active solidarity between women is the force and the tenderness by which we can overcome isolation, loneliness, traumas and other consequences of hatred. We are the ones who come out in the public with our bodies and our visions of the world without war, rape, violence and militarism” (Women in Black 10 June 1992).

The feminists shifted the philosophy and approach to protesting the war. The statements and writings became more overtly political and analytically feminist.

With the establishment of the more radical Women in Black, a political shift in analysis and naming occurred—Serbian nationalism is seen as a motivating force and the Serbian government is named as the aggressor: “We say that the Serbian regime and its repressive structures (Federal Army and paramilitary formations) are responsible for all three wars, in Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Serbian regime leads wars in the name of all citizens of Serbia. This way all the citizens become the hostages of their imperialistic politics” (Women In Black 10 June 1992).

Long before the atrocities of the Serbs came to international attention Women in Black issued a statement calling for an end to war crimes. In October 1991, the Women’s Parliament and the Belgrade Women’s Lobby issued a statement “Against War Crime” in which they listed acts which are war crimes, including: inhuman treatment of civilians, inflicting bodily harm, torture, prostitution, rape, stealing or destroying the property of others, including historical and cultural monuments, and the destruction of cities, towns and villages. They reminded people that Yugoslavia had signed all United Nations conventions and agreements, including the Geneva Convention on war (Women’s Parliament and Belgrade Women’s Lobby 9 October 1991, 21). In 1992 Women in Black called for the naming of war crimes and the prosecution of perpetrators (Women in Black September 1992).

                                                                                                                                                                        To be continued…

Translated and edited by Rimma Soghomonian.

The source – http://www.uri.edu/artsci/wms/hughes/warvio1.htm

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