YEREVAN, Armenia – On March 30th, a press-conference was held to commence the fourth annual Women’s Mentoring Program (WMP). The WMP is organized in partnership with the United States Embassy in Yerevan, AUA’s Political Science and International Affairs Program (PSIA) and the Women and Youth Development and Support Center. The press-conference at AUA was followed by a reception at the U.S. Embassy where 61 mentors and 62 mentee’s were invited for the 2016 class.
Speakers of the Conference included Leigh Carter, wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Richard M. Mills, Valentina Gevorgyan, AUA PSIA Coordinator of the Women’s Mentoring Program, Shushan Doydoyan, Mentor and Head of Personal Data Protection Department, Ministry of Justice, Hasmik Sahakyan, Mentor and President of Women and Youth Development and Support Center NGO and Diana Hovakimyan, Men-tee and AUA PSIA Alumna.
“By becoming a mentor or a mentee participants join an important community, a network of women who are committed to both professional and educational development of the entire country,” says Coordinator of the Women’s Mentoring Program Valentina Gevorgyan.
The WMP in Armenia was established by the U.S. Embassy and AUA’s PSIA in 2010. The aim of the program is to empower the next generation of Armenian women leaders on their path to personal fulfillment, and professional development by assisting women in advancing in their career, and attaining leadership positions in sectors where they are underrepresented. Initially the program was designed for AUA students, but gradually expanded to include women from other institutions of higher education and charitable foundations throughout Armenia.
Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides US-style education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.