Updating and replenishing the library and video resources;
Providing individual and group consultancies about SOGIE and social issues;
Elaborating, publishing and disseminating IEC materials about SOGIE and social issues;
Organizing informational and educational events on SOGIE and social components for the marginalized, high risk and vulnerable community, civil society, government institutions, mass media, university students, independent experts, specialists, etc.
Organizing thematic meetings and social discussions;
Participating in national, regional and international festival, campaigns, prides and other events.
Expected Results Marginalized, high risk and vulnerable groups are integrated into Armenian inclusive and cohesive mainstream society.
WFCE Social Inclusion & Social Cohesion Polices and Approaches
WFCE determines the inclusive society as a “a society for all’’ in which every individual, each with rights and responsibilities, has an active role to play. An inclusive society is one that raises differences of race, age, disability, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender and other identities to ensure equality of opportunities. The social exclusion is a multidimensional and complicated process which influences the loosening of the relationship of the individual and the community and mainstream society. The social exclusion encloses a wide range of elements, such as the economic, social, cultural, political and ethical exclusion, which indicates that the fight against the social exclusion demands a more wide approach to the institutions and the mechanisms of social inclusion. Building a contemporary concept of behavior towards social excluded people supposes creating an environment in which every human is accepted and is given equal chances, society accepts and includes every person, and it enables to express potentials, knowledge, skills and capabilities. Within our discourse, social inclusion is interconnected with participation in all aspects of society. ‘Social inclusion is a process which ensures that those at risk and social exclusion gain the opportunities and resources necessary to participate fully in economic, social and cultural life and to enjoy a standard of living and well-being that is considered normal in the society in which they live. It ensures that they have greater participation in decision-making which affects their lives and access to their fundamental rights. In our policy context, social inclusion is conceptualized as four key domains of opportunity and we work for the equal opportunities to:
participate in society through education and employment;
connect with family, friends and the local community;
access to healthcare and other services;
The clash of social characteristics and identities became a serious problem for Armenia. Challenges relating to, religion, culture, sexuality, way of thinking, habits and customs are huge, especially when the society has problems with understanding and accepting differences. marginalized, high risk and vulnerable groups often experience misunderstanding and lack of acceptation. The challenges, which they have to face, can be strengthened by the fear of general society, who worry about what those unknown and different people might do. Society manifests their prejudices and show discriminatory behavior towards them very clearly.
Living in multicultural environment, marginalized, high risk and vulnerable people often face multiple discrimination on grounds of sexuality, identity expression, ethnicity, race, religion/belief and culture. Therefore, believes it is highly important to include the cultural and religious component into the agenda of organizations, networks, groups and experts working on human rights. To raise the well-being of minority people, it is crucial to ensure that governments, human rights watchdogs and civil society promote awareness and understanding of intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, as well as ensure inclusion and the cohesion of minority people into mainstream society.
We stress the importance of fighting social exclusion and social segregation of minorities, refugees as well as culturally, socially and politically marginalized groups in mono-ethnic and mono-religious country such as Armenia.
WFCE believes that marginalized, high risk and vulnerable people should be fully included in all areas of society, with meaningful participation and recognition without any kind of discrimination. We work for appropriate solutions for inclusion of the social excluded individuals, groups and communities by building a constructive approach in the frame of the society and implementing a strategic orientation for different solutions and responses.