Armenia, a country of ancient traditions, is shaped by events of the recent past. As it left behind the Soviet legacy of an official gender equality policy, there came about a resurgence of patriarchal views and customs. At the same time though, Armenia saw the growth of diverse women’s civil society organizations, and the development of a solid legal and policy framework for the protection of equal rights.
Developed in cooperation with the government and other development partners, this country gender assessment is envisaged to be a useful guide in developing and implementing policies, programs, and projects with a social and gender perspective. While the country gender assessment is a stand-alone document that builds upon the experience gained by ADB in supporting gender equality and women’s empowerment in Armenia, it also informs the formulation of ADB’s gender strategy in the country partnership strategy.