United Nations Population Fund releases ‘Men and gender equality in Armenia (2016)’ report

14:17 • 08.12.16



A Report on Findings of the Sociological Survey ‘Men and gender equality in Armenia (2016)’ by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) shows that the idea that man can be justified in hitting his wife because she refused him sex is practically equally unacceptable to men and women., Garik Hayrapetyan, UNFPA Armenia Country Office Assistant Representative, told reporters on Thursday.

“This survey is an attempt to find out our ideas of marriage, intimate relations, violence and other phenomena. We tried to make men’s voice heard because women are normally more involved in such processes.”

Most of the respondents agree that both male and female professionals can be equally efficient workers.

“But it does not actually reflect the real situation despite our own ideas are different,” he said.

Hasmik Arakelyan, Research Director at the Institute of Social and Political Studies, said their survey, conducted in Armenia, attracted 1,600 respondents.

According to Jina Sarkizova, an expert also attending the press conference, females’ representation in politics remains very low despite the dominating opinion (56%) that women should be politically active.

She added that most people were unaware that Armenia does not have an effective law banning domestic violence.

The expert said only 45.9% of female respondents admitted being subjected to violence against a higher percentage of males who confessed to the fact.

“As for subjecting women to sexual violence, only men were asked to respond to the question in a separate questionnaire. Notwithstanding that, 86.6% of the males [said] they were content with sexual intercourse, both qualitatively and quantitatively. Women showed a higher percentage,” she added. 





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