On January 24, the Canadian Embassy in Armenia organized a meeting between the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Armenia and representatives of the civil society in Armenia. Within the framework of the forum, local organizations that implemented various cultural and social projects in the capital and regions of Armenia with the support of the "Canada Fund for Local Initiatives" (CFLI) had the opportunity to present their outcomes, get acquainted with the initiatives of their partners, as well as to explore prospects for new collaborative opportunities.
In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Armenia Andrew Turner noted that the opening of the embassy in Armenia last October symbolizes Canada's substantial support for the young democracy of the Republic of Armenia amidst the post-war crisis. According to Mr. Turner, it is urgent not only to provide direct support to Armenians forcibly displaced from Nagorno Karabakh but also to implement projects aimed at mainstreaming and disseminating democratic values, which he believes will lead to the stabilization and prosperity of Armenia.
The representatives of the local non-governmental organizations, in their turn, underscored the importance of implementing programs dedicated to strengthening democracy in Armenia and in the region, with a specific focus on addressing issues such as forced displacement, migration crisis, and gender equality along with the issues related to the security of the state. In this context, the CSO’s highlighted the crucial role played by the international partners and their support.
The team of the "Cultural and Social Narratives Laboratory" was delighted to attend the forum and to have an opportunity to once again present the "ZINEadadar" project, implemented with the support of the CFLI. The multi-faceted "ZINEadadar" project sought to amplify the experiences, perspectives, approaches, and voices of women within the context of wars and conflicts in Armenia and in the region.
We are grateful to the Embassy of Canada in Armenia and the “Canada Fund for Local Initiatives” (CFLI) for their support in bringing the “ZINEadadar” project to realization.