For Armenia democracy is a security issue, acting FM says
For Armenia democracy is not a mere choice of political model, it’s a security issue, Armenia’s acting Foreign Minister says.
“Women and youth are stakeholders in building security, stakeholders in building national institutions, participating in national life, participating in the arrangements within which a society finds harmony,” Mnatsakanyan said in an address to the Plenary Session of World Democracy Forum “Women, security and democratization in the context of multilateralism.”
As an example he recalled that when the Prime Minister of Armenia was marching during protests [that led to ex-PM Serzh Sargsyan's resignation], when he was addressing the crowd, he looked around and reflected on what he had been observing: “when I saw this many women, this many young women, this many women with pushchairs and their children, I knew this is going to happen.”
“That was a very important message. We are living in a region, where we are not free of a conflict. We deal with the unresolved conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Women have that power of delivering the alternative message to militarism, to hatred. And we recognize that. There is this initiative in Armenia that we want to mobilize the women on all sides, so that they carry the message of peace,” the acting Foreign Minister said.
He added that there is the belief that women have the capacity to be socially more responsible. “And their sensitivity to peace is far stronger. But we haven’t got to a point at which we can claim effective use of this capacity. And I think that’s a collective challenge,” he stated.
Zohrab Mnatsakanyan noted that Armenia has constitutionally set a target, a minimum level of 25 percent for participation of women in Parliament.
“We still have to reach that target. And that is not good. We still have to raise the level of women's participation in political life. And I think we are not an exception,” the acting FM stated.