A majority of lawmakers on November 12 dismissed consideration of a draft law proposed by the opposition Prosperous Armenia Party BHK , saying it was redundant given that the country's constitution already defines marriage as a union between "a woman and a man. The lawmaker described his proposal as a matter of national security and raised a rhetorical question: "Would those voting against this initiative want to see this happen in their families? Members of the ruling My Step alliance said that Armenia's current legislation regulates all the issues raised by the opposition lawmaker and that there is no need for any additional statements. The treaty signed in and known as the Istanbul Convention commits council member states to combat violence against women.
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Talking about sex: an unspoken topic in Armenia
Ani Grigoryan. Liana took her sex education at school with a pinch of salt - she knew there was more to it, but did not expect it to come from her teacher. We would just sit there and kind-of listen to her and ask no questions. And if we had questions, we would not ask them, as we would be shy to do so in front of everyone. Taught by physical education teachers there is no textbook for students, just a handbook for teachers. The result is that hormone-and-question loaded teenagers search for answers elsewhere. Just like Liana, many turn to random, unfiltered sites on the Internet.
Sometimes it seems there are so many ways to destroy women that the methods become invisible to us. There are some women you will never see because they will never be born. Most people are aware this happens in China and India , but I am in Armenia, talking to a nervy woman in her early 30s.
Sex is a taboo topic in Armenia, and as such, many children turn to the internet for answers about this and other intimate topics. We slept in a very small tent; all of us — girls and boys — slept mixed together. In the morning, my stomach began to hurt, the pain grew and I started to cry.