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Today, March 8, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. We, activists, are hopeful that we are entering a new, more exciting period in history where we look forward to gender balance and equality. However, we unfortunately feel its absence in Armenia. It is important to us that no one is left behind.
Transgender women in Armenia are still subjected to violence and discrimination in all spheres of public life, such as medical institutions, government bodies, police departments, educational institutions, sports and recreation places, while renting an apartment, etc. Trans women have to go through various forced medical procedures in order to have their gender identity legally recognized.
Transphobia is exacerbated because of the lack of political will to take action to achieve gender equality and balance.
The Armenian authorities are obliged to take measures to prevent gender-based violence and discrimination. Transgender women and other transgender citizens unfortunately do not feel safe in their homeland, where they are subjected to daily ridicule, violence and degrading treatment. Transgender people are not included in discussions about improving public life and gender equality.
Armenian authorities and society must take effective measures to eliminate transphobia. Transgender people, as full citizens of the Republic of Armenia, should be accepted and respected, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, self-expression and other types of social status.
Until one of us is free, none of us is free.
In solidarity with all the women of the world,
“Right Side” Human Rights Defender NGO
March 8, 2023 Armenia, Yerevan