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Empowering Armenian Women from Different Perspectives: Rural, Young girls and Survivors of Domestic Violence

Examples of women’s empowerment have been prevalent in Armenia and among its diaspora. In a mixture of western and eastern worlds, Armenian women have been addressing gender inequality amongst the backdrop of patriarchal environments. In this session, we will hear from three distinct Diasporic perspectives who have worked first-hand in the empowerment of rural women, young girls and survivors of domestic violence in Armenia, as well as the active role women are taking in civil society. Join us for an in-depth discussion on how Diasporic women together with the women from Armenia are blending ideas to promote gender equality.

Featured Guests:

Maro Matosian, is Founder and Executive Director of Women's Support Center (WSC). She is an activist and feminist dedicated to the advancement of women in Armenia. In 2010 Matosian founded the Women’s Support Center in Yerevan to assist and empower women and children victims of domestic violence as well as advocate for the defense of women’s rights in Armenia. The center offers comprehensive assistance with social workers, psychologists and lawyers as well as 2 shelters.

The center is run based on international standards and methodology for victims of domestic violence. Maro underwent training in the United States and is one of the founding members of the Coalition to Stop Violence against Women.

Matosian has authored a number of publications and guidelines aimed at improving domestic violence service provision in Armenia and has presented at numerous conferences all around the world. She was selected as expert in the field by Council of Europe to prepare a Police Guideline for working with cases of domestic violence. WSC has trained 12 regional DV support centers in the region and is working with the Ministry of Social Affairs on the National Action Plan for DV state activities for 2021-2023.

Monique S. Tallon
, CPCC, ACC , is Founder and CEO, Highest Path, a boutique diversity & inclusion consulting firm specializing in developing 21st  century leaders and building gender balanced, inclusive cultures where innovation can thrive. She is a Women’s Leadership and Inclusion expert, and author of Leading Gracefully: A Woman’s Guide to Confident, Authentic and Effective Leadership.

Combining 15 years of personal development work, professional coach training, and corporate experience, she has coached and trained hundreds of senior executives in organizations like Microsoft, Siemens, Deloitte, Farmer’s Insurance, Samsung, Dundee Precious Metals among others, to help leaders cultivate a style that is ultimately more inclusive and drives innovation – two things that are necessary in the 21st century economy. Monique holds her Bachelor’s degree in Business from San Francisco State University and received her coach training at the internationally known Coaches Training Institute. She is a member of the International Coach Federation and the National Speakers Association.

Monique’s innovative approach to advancing women’s leadership has led her to speak and train throughout the United States, as well as the UK, Italy, France and Armenia.

Karine Eurdekian
, is Founder and Executive Director of Kooyrigs providing resources to the global Armenian network by launching community projects, implementing educational initiatives and amplifying marginalized voices.

Karine earned a BS in Political Science and Prelaw at Michigan State University, and is currently a Columbia University student working toward a Masters in Non-Profit Management. Her involvement in human rights work began in Armenian in 2007, as a legal assistant to the Women’s Support Center. She founded Kooyrigs (kooyrigs.org) in November 2018 and since then fostered a growing community of 22,000 followers.


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March 21
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

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