Advancing Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Armenia

Project: Research project

Description

Abstract Arizona State Universitys Melikian Center (ASU/MC), in collaboration with the ASU Program in Women and Gender Studies (WGS) and the ASU School of Public Affairs (SPA), requests funding from HED to partner a three-year womens leadership program (WLP) with Yerevan State University (YSU), Advancing Gender Equality and Womens Empowerment in Armenia. The goals of the project are to 1) assist YSU in developing a comprehensive research, training, and outreach Center for Women and Gender Studies (CWGS); 2) engage CWGS and womens NGO resources in expanding womens access to higher education from underserved communities beyond Yerevan; 3) enhance the cross-cutting efforts of YSU, local NGOs, and international agencies in training women for career success and professional and political leadership; and 4) contribute to use-inspired public policy research that advances gender equality. ASU/MC envisions three stages of project implementation. The first stage will consist of a needs assessment in early fall 2012. To be undertaken by the MC project team in collaboration with the YSU International Cooperation Office, the needs assessment will build upon recent site visits to Armenia, identifying training and institutional capacity needs, as well as all institutional resources and partners. Needs assessment outcomes will include a final subcontract with YSU, recommendations for the lodging and leadership of CWGS, and a list of YSU candidates for scholarly traineeships to be hosted by the WGS and SPA programs at ASU. The second project stagetraining the trainers in years one and twois designed to draw 16 competitively selected YSU scholars from various disciplines into ASU-based training seminars with their WGS and SPA colleagues on WLP issues relevant for the curricular and wider institutional capacity development of CWGS. Participating YSU scholars-in-residence at ASU will prepare action plans and syllabi relevant for use upon their return to CWGS.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date9/1/126/30/15

Funding

  • US Agency for International Development (USAID): $1,305,000.00

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