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Armine Avetisyan

Armine Avetisyan is a print and broadcast journalist from Armenia who has covered social and political issues in the country since 2007. She holds a Master’s Degree from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA).

Protests as Yerevan authorities demolish cafés around Opera Square

The authorities said they wished to restore green areas in the city that had been developed on and vowed that more areas would be cleared.

In pictures | Nowhere else to go: the stories of Yerevan’s homeless

There is one shelter in the city, with a capacity of 100, but it is not enough to house the hundreds living on Yerevan’s streets.

‘I don’t want our faces to be labeled as poor and miserable’ — extreme poverty in Armenia

Around a third of Armenians live in poverty, and despite promises from successive governments, the number is not decreasing.

Talking about sex: an unspoken topic in Armenia

While schools have introduced basic lessons on living a ‘healthy lifestyle’ that touch on the topic of sex, experts say they are not fit for purpose.

‘Enhanced security’: Armenian settlers in Nagorno-Karabakh

Some worry Nagorno-Karabakh’s settlement policy in sparsely populated territories could set back the peace process.

Age discrimination in Armenia: why women turn to plastic surgery to find work

A lack of legal protection means employers are free to discriminate against female applicants based on their age or how they look.

When Armenian students go to battle

During Armenia’s Velvet Revolution, students led from the front committing acts of civil disobedience.

Living in an ‘enemy land’: the Armenian women working abroad

Low pay and high unemployment have led many Armenian women to seek work abroad, to Russia and even Turkey — a country many consider an ‘enemy land’.

Sexual violence in the family: a taboo topic in Armenia

Cultural taboos and shaming of victims means that women subjected to sexual violence at home often do not come forward.

‘Begging is also work’: street children in Armenia

While parents can face time in prison for child neglect, many join their children in the streets, finding an income any way they can.