Women’s Empowerment Conference: Brainstorming Session

YEREVAN, Armenia – On April 15th, Fulbright Specialist Dr. Shakeh Kaftarian of the American University of Armenia (AUA) School of Public Health, with the support of Provost Dr. Randall Rhodes, and active collaboration of  BA in English & Communications Program Chair  Melissa Brown, organized and facilitated a brainstorming session towards the development of the upcoming Women’s Empowerment Conference. This conference is projected for April 2017, and will be hosted by AUA.

This conference will serve as a platform to openly discuss key factors that affect female empowerment in Armenia, examine successful models implemented in Armenia and elsewhere for women’s empowerment, and offer recommendations for enhancing girls’ and women’s chances for achieving their full potential.  Chaired by Dr. Kaftarian, this conference will serve as one of several activities that will inform the development of a women’s empowerment center under the auspices of AUA.

AUA faculty, students and staff, as well as representatives of organizations active in women’s issues were invited to this brain-storming session. Participants defined the term “ women’s empowerment” as it applies to present-day Armenian society; discussed the content of the upcoming conference; as well as the features of the celebrations that will follow the conference. 

The AUA School of Public Health works actively to improve population health and health services in Armenia and the region through interdisciplinary education and development of public health professionals to be leaders in public health, health services research and evaluation, and health care delivery and management.

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. 



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