Armenias Women Tech Trailblazers Are Forging New Horizons

Ideally, this engagement will help facilitate dialogues and interactions. Internally driven change is difficult for a tradition-centric culture. We struggle to maintain those traditions that our grandparents brought from the homeland. It is interesting to note that although we work diligently to retain certain traditions, our reality in the diaspora is a change agent itself. Each of our diaspora communities has taken on some traits of their host country. The American culture has impacted the Armenian communities in America.

  • Well, you probably know Cher as a singer, actress, and TV personality and also someone who is even referred to as the “Goddess of Pop”.
  • It is worth noting that, after the Beijing Conference, the women’s organizations became more active, new ones were founded and several international organization including UNDP, USAID, OSCE initiated research on the topic.
  • And, in this post, I tried to make a list of Armenian female celebrities that are distinguished and successful in their careers.
  • In her spare time, she manages an educational and historically oriented Instagram page (@armenian_women_artists), where she brings awareness and recognition to Armenian women artists, both in Armenia and in diaspora communities.
  • He has spent many years as a volunteer teacher of Armenian history and contemporary issues to the young generation and adults at schools, camps and churches.

With a degree in art history from University of California, Berkeley, Aslanian says she had to learn everything about wine after she returned home. Here, a few of the female wine professionals in all corners of the industry. Anush Gharibyan O’Connor, a sommelier and winemaker, points to the participants at 2022’s GiniFest Armenian Wine & Spirits Festival in Los Angeles.

Armenian Women in Wine Are Shaking Up a Once Male-Dominated Industry

Painter Vava Khatchadourian was born on February 12, 1895, in Trebizond, Ottoman Empire (present-day Trabzon, Turkey) and spent most of her childhood in Batumi. Prior to pursuing an artistic career, Khatchadourian lived in Vienna and Paris, where she modeled for the famous French painter Henri Matisse and others.

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In 1920, she married famed painter and muralist Sarkis Khatchadourian in Tiflis. After extensive travels around the world, including several years living in India and Iran, Vava and Sarkis settled in New York to begin a new life in 1941. Her works can be found at the National Gallery of Armenia and private collections. I am so thrilled that Stepan Piligian is addressing the inequality and urgent need for the inclusion of women in all decision making and acknowledging the respect for mothers we so abundantly proclaim in our poetry. Published recently in the Weekly that focused on some of the women contributors to the Artsakh struggle.

This not only places a value on the diverse roles of everyone but also the importance of women as an essential component. Thus, Soviet legislation was adopted during the early 1920s that established civil marriage, easy divorce, abortion services, maternity pay, and childcare facilities. Women were given equal rights to hold land, act as heads of households, be members in rural communes, and perform paid labor. Please complete this reCAPTCHA to demonstrate that it’s you making the requests and not a robot. If you are having trouble seeing or completing this challenge, this page may help.

Yet their contribution to the life of the Armenian community of Persia in the middle and late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially in terms of education and charitable work, is noteworthy and certainly deserves a greater scholarly examination. Embry Tech–technology to turn all types of shoes to a biometric data tracking and wellness monitoring device–with Co-founder and Chief Design Officer, Nare Gevorgyan–50 percent of the founding team are women, as are 47 percent of employees. DASARAN–cloud-based Educational Development System ranked by UNDP as one of the world’s top 5 social enterprises –with Deputy CEO, Rima Sargsyan–72 percent of employees are women. Even before the 2018 bloodless “Velvet Revolution” captured world attention, Armenia’s tech industry was on over-drive, building upon the Soviet-era ecosystem when Armenia manufactured 40 percent of the mainframe computers for the Soviet military. Fast forward to independent Armenia, home to over 900 ICT companies where start-ups enjoy 10 percent income tax and where percent of applicants at the university IT departments are women. “While globally, the average share of women employed in IT doesn’t exceed 20 percent, in Armenia it’s 30 percent,” underscores Senior Analyst, Wireless 20/20 consultant, former Yankee Group CEO, Berge Ayvazian.

’ Shushanna asks, stressing the importance of listening to the most vulnerable groups — including borderline populations and refugees. ‘Because there are so many people who didn’t lose anything but are still warmongering online’. ‘People were thinking that every possible thing was being done to ensure the right to life, and that deaths were not a cause of lack of organisation, but rather that they came as a result of the scale of the attack. People were silent and stunned from grief, but now we are in the phase when we try to return to a more rational life, and yet we still wake up to news of soldiers being killed on the border’. ‘People should not be at peace with the violation of the right to life.

Socio-economic class and exposure to Westernization, especially through missionaries and Armenian immigrants from the Caucasus in the case of Iran, determined women’s lives more than religion. Forge Fiction–community-driven platform created by an all-female team, transfers universe creation and story writing from individuals to communities–with Co-founder-CTO Gayane Gasparyan–55 percent of employees are women. EIF is conducting the “Empowering Females through Capacity Building to promote technology in non-technology sectors” program delivered by IFC/World Bank Group in partnership with the UK Government’s Good Governance Fund.

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