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Although not new in the developed part of the world, the concepts of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and ethical leadership are making first steps in gaining popularity in developing countries, with Armenia being not an exception. Nowadays many Armenians can hardly explain what constitutes to be a good corporate citizen, which is quite often confused with engaging in charitable activities. It is obvious that any for-profit entity is mainly concerned with earning and accumulating wealth, but the current worldwide trend is that this is not the only determinant of their existence and long-term success. More and more businesses realize that they do not operate in a vacuum; continuous interaction with different stakeholders is critical, with serious considerations for the environment, economically vulnerable populations, and the society as a whole.

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"Equal Opportunities for National Minorities & Disadvantaged Groups" Project kick-off event

Summary Report Cultural Diversity

The official kick-off event of the project "Equal Opportunities for national minorities and disadvantaged groups in realizing cultural rights: Richness through Diversity" was held on 13 April, 2012, at 11:00-13:00, at "Armenia Marriott" hotel, "Trdat the Second" Hall (1 Amiryan str., Yerevan).

This project was launched by Civic Development and Partnership Foundation (CDPF) and "NGO Center" civil society development NGO, in partnership with Ukrainian partner "GURT Resource Center" and with the financial support of European Union. The initiative aims to develop cultural diversity and support the culture of minorities by strengthening the capacities of local authorities, CSOs, managers of cultural institutions in local communities of Ukraine and Armenia.

More than 60 representatives of state bodies, local self-government bodies, National Minorities’ CSOs, local and international organizations, embassies and mass media were present at the event.

Welcome SpeechesDuring the event welcome speech was made by Arpine Hakobyan, "NGO Center" project coordinator and Maria Poghosyan, CDPF project coordinator. Hranush Kharatyan, president of  "Hazarashen" NGO and ethnographer, delivered a speech on "Cultural life in Armenia and the involvement of national minorities and disadvantaged groups in it".

Arpine Hakobyan noted in her speech. "Of course, Armenia is a mono-ethnic country where 97% of the population are Armenians, and only 3 % national minorities, but at the same time we should always remember that Armenia is the homeland of all citizens and every citizen should have a favorable environment for his/her self expression. And the cornerstone of that favorable environment is tolerance. By creating an atmosphere of tolerance in Armenia, we are one step ahead to spread this value all around the world".

Arpine Hakobyan called for an active rather than a passive demonstrating patience and tolerance towards the national minorities and passed the word to Maria Poghosyan, who also welcomed the guests and presented the agenda of the event.

Hranush Kharatyan Mrs. Kharatyan talked about cultural life in general and about the involvement of national minorities, assuring that the general cultural life of Armenian goes in parallel with the cultural life of national minorities. Mrs. Kharatyan in her speech touched upon the national legislation of minorities, mentioning that it has significantly developed; besides Armenia has joined international conventions, which gives a very fertile ground for national minorities living in Armenia to ensure the development of their cultures.

Maria Poghosyan then presented overall goals, objectives of the project. Mrs. Hakobyan continued her and presented the program activities and listed the selected communities.

The speeches raised great enthusiasm among the participants; many people expressed their satisfaction for initializing such kind of program, once more stating that our society needs such projects. At the end the floor was given to selected community representatives who thanked the organizers for the good initiative and presented the situation in the communities and expressed hope that due to project the cultural life will activate and will boost the national minorities and disadvantaged groups to achieve the best of their cultural rights.

"Equal Opportunities for national minorities and disadvantaged groups in realizing cultural rights: Richness through Diversity" project raised great interest and was widely covered by various media (on-line, radio, TV). See the links below:

http://www.yerkir.am/am/news/23513.htm http://www.slaq.am/arm/news/56775/

http://www.panarmenian.net/arm/photoset/1936/13396

http://www.nt.am/am/events/7223/

http://7or.am/am/news/view/33372/

http://www.tert.am/am/news/2012/04/13/hranush-xaratyan/

http://www.radiovan.am/

http://civilnet.am/

http://armenpress.am/arm/tomorrow/

http://armenpress.am/arm/news/687781/hayastanum-azgayin-poqramasnutyunneri-mshakuyti-pahpanman.html

http://www.1in.am/arm/armenia_society_74296.html

https://picasaweb.google.com/110190565932688201307/CommunityCulturalDevelopment_KICKOFF

The kick-off summary report can be downloaded HERE.  

Detailed information on the project is in Programs part of our website.

Project "Equal Opportunities for National Minorities and Disadvantaged Groups in Realizing Cultural Rights: Richness through Diversity" implementing by GURT Resource Center in partnership with CDPF and NGO Center and supported by the European Union.

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