What do Facebook Users think about female engagement in RA government 

Public Journalism Club conducted an online survey via Polls for pages in the most influential social platform in Armenia – Facebook to figure out users moods. 

The survey was aimed at finding out the of Armenian users’ opinions about the extent of female engagement in RA government.  

The survey was conducted between May 11-30.

Out of 2560 visitors to the virtual platform 877 users, 34% expressed their positions. This testifies that users are not highly interested in the topic. 90% of the participants are from Armenia. They answered the following questions:

How do you evaluate female engagement in the new government. Out of 21 cabinet members (prime minister, 3 deputy prime-ministers, 17 ministers) only 2 are ministers.  

  • Insufficient                        408 users 47%
  • Sufficient                           271 users 31%
  • More than sufficient     129 users 22%                  

Women in the RA government

Women in the executive authority

Since 1991 female engagement in high governmental authority was very weak. We have not had female head of state throughout the history of independent Armenia. Throughout the RA history we have had 264 male ministers and only 7 female ministers.

  1. Karine Danielyan, RA Minister of Ecology and Environment (1991-1994)
  2. Tamara Poghosyan, Minister of Culture and Youth Issues (2003-2004)
  3. Hranush Hakobyan, Minister of Social Welfare (1996-1998)
  4. Minister of Diaspora (2008-2018)
  5. Arpine Hovhannisyan (Minister of Justice (2015-2017)
  6. Hasmik Poghosyan, Minister of Culture (2007-2016)
  7. Lilit Makunts, Minister of Culture (2018)
  8. Mane Tandilyan, Minister of Labor and Social Issues (2018)

In the last 30 years female engagement in high government has remained almost the same.

Women in the legislative authority

Throughout the history of independent Armenia female participation in the legislative authority has not been big either. According to statistics there is growth of female engagement in the parliament in 2007.

  1. RA First Convention National Assembly, 1990-1995

Only 8 women out of 260 deputies, 3%

  1. RA first convention National Assembly 1995-1999

11 women, Out of 190 deputies  5․7%

  1. RA Second Convention NA,  1999-2003

4 women Out of 131 deputies, 3%

  1. RA third convention NA,  2003-2007

Women Out of 131 deputies,  5․3%

  1. RA fourth convention NA 2007-2012

11 women out of 131 deputies, 8․3 %

  1. RA fifth convention NA,  2012-2017

14 women out of 131 deputies, 10․6%

  1. RA sixth convention NA,   2017․

18 out of 105 deputies,  17%.

The number of women is the highest in the last NA convention, 17%, 18 deputies. The smallest  number was registered in the second NA convention, only 3 women, 3%.

The survey was conducted and the article prepared following Mane Tandilyan’s resignation.

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