In ex-Soviet Armenia — where families traditionally prefer sons — women are often pressured to have sex-selective abortions to get rid of girl babies.
“Relatives were consoling me when I gave birth to my first daughter,” said Kirakosyan, a 27-year-old resident of the Armenian capital, Yerevan.
Women face gender-based violence (GBV) in workplaces, educational institutions, rural and urban communities.
They are exposed to GBV irrespective of their ethnic or religious background, social status, economic standing, age, or other condition.
Eventually, it could cause unrest among young adult males who are unable to find partners.
Violence against women is one of the worst forms of violation of human rights prevalent all over the world.
Armenian women and children are vulnerable to forced begging domestically.
He recalled that according to the UN Population Fund, a few years ago, every year in Armenia 1400-2000 female babies were selectively aborted, and by 2050 this figure could have reached 80 000.
For instance, high sex ratios at birth in some Asian countries are now attributed to sex-selective abortion and infanticide due to a strong preference for sons.
This will affect future marriage patterns and fertility patterns.
“The success was reached thanks to the approach: underlining the responsibility of everyone in eliminating the discriminatory approach to girls.
ANI KIRAKOSYAN SAYS she is afraid of getting pregnant because if the ultrasound shows the foetus is a girl she will have to consider having an abortion.
Women and girls from Armenia are subjected to sex trafficking within the country and in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Turkey.