Who is behind this?

Mariam Sargsyan

Civil Society Institute



Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

We are striving to abolish discrimination against women and break stereotypical approach to feminine labor across Europe.
This initiative is primarily aimed at inspiring any woman who hesitates and does not feel empowered enough to do what she dreams of.When women prosper, the society also prospers.

Where will your idea take place?

Europe, South Caucasus

Why does Europe need your idea?

Equality is a core European value.Dichotomy in implementing European values is reflected in discourse of importance of respecting traditions versus ensuring equality and respect for human rights in a number of member states of the Council of Europe. The aim of our project is to share those important values and improve the situation with ensuring gender equality so that it is not only on the paper but transfers into reality, especially in South Caucasus. It will show that any society benefits from empowerment of women, it is not just a "Western" value but it is something we all share and benefit from.
This is a unique opportunity to unite women from all Europe and show that though all they are different but they all have similar problems and they can solve them sharing their experience.

What is your impact?

We believe that making human stories is one of the most influential and interesting way to make changes in society’s way of thinking, but at the same time it is the most challenging one. To achieve the goal of the project we gather a team consisting of photographers from different countries. We hope that as a result of this project first if all we will break stereotypical approach to feminine labor in our region and contribute to one of core European values: ensuring equality for all. We expect more women be able to launch career in professional fields they dream of being empowered by stories of other women from European countries. We believe that our project will contribute to breaking the existing stereotypes. as having visual image of a success story helps to believe that it is doable.

How do you get there?

The project is a one-year project starting on 1 June 2015 and finishing on 30 May 2016. Photographers from France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Armenia, and Georgia will identify relevant stories and do shooting and send us portfolios of women from their countries. Special attention will be paid to women living in provinces. Our NGO is a member of International Federation for Human Rights, so our partners will assist in identification of relevant stories. Every month we plan to have at least one story. A feature will be posted on our www.hra.am website and promoted through social media.
At the end of the project, outdoor photostory exhibitions will be organized in Armenia, Turkey, Germany and Ukraine. Our partners will help to organize exhibitions.

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Idea created on April 5, 2015
Last edit on Jan. 16, 2016