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2008-10-18 | News
“Stand Up and Take Action” Activities throughout Armenia

On October 16 and 17 the Armenian branch of coalition of NGOs “Global Call against Poverty” (GCAP) initiated and organized Stand Up events and painting competition among children titled “Poverty and inequality” in 8 regions of Armenia. A total number of 1,830 people participated and stood up to take action against poverty.

Below are the events according to their regions:

• A painting competition in Lori region of Armenia in Vanadzor branch of "Byurakn" Educational Complex, about 40 schoolchildren of 7-12 age participated. Before starting to paint the children read the E. d\'Amichis\'s short story "Julio" on poverty and had a discussion (Organizer – Armenian Constitutional Right-Protective Center).

• A painting competition in Gegharkunik region of Armenia in Sevan branch of "Byurakn" Educational Complex, about 40 schoolchildren of 7-12 age participated. Before starting to paint the children read the E. d\'Amichis\'s short story "Julio" on poverty and had a discussion (Organizer – Armenian Constitutional Right-Protective Center).

• Exhibition of pictures in the yard of Red Club of Armavir city, Armavir region. The pictures were painted by three art school pupils of Armavir. Many guests, citizens, representatives of Municipality, local authorities, enterprises, mass media and NGOs took part in the event. The theme of the exhibition was “World without poverty” (Organizer – Armavir Development Center NGO).

• A Stand Up event took place in VaykVayots Dzor region, within the cooperation framework of Vayk local authorities and civil society to observe the problems concerning the mass unemployment within women and youth, violation of laws and other current problems which are the obstacles in social and economical development (Organizer – Fund Against Violation of Law NGO).

• A painting competition among 25 schoolchildren took place in the city of Berd Tavush region of Armenia. The theme – “Poverty and inequality”. (Organizer – Bridge of Hope NGO).

• A debate of university students was organized in Ijevan State University of Tavush region, under the slogan “Stand Up and Take Action against Poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals”. The topic for discussion was “Raising the voice and role of women in decision making process” (Organizer – Bridge of Hope NGO).

• A Stand Up event was conducted in 6 communities of Shirak region (Organizer – Union of Non-Governmental Organizations of Shirak region).

• The Kapan Small Farmers’ Association – in Syunik region, organized an expo of fresh farmers’ products. During the opening ceremony, the Executive Director of the Association read the Stand Up and Take Action Pledge (Organizer – Oxfam GB Armenian branch and Kapan Small Farmers’ Association).

• A number of presentations were delivered on MDGs and Stand Up events organized at Nikol Aghbalyan and Khachatur Abovyan Schools in Yerevan, targeting students of 6th -8th classes (Organizer – Oxfam GB Armenia).

From among 200 paintings of the Children’s Competition mentioned above the best will be selected, exhibited and sold in the UN Armenia Office. The proceedings of this action will be used to purchase books for school-libraries of the poorest region of Armenia.

Apart from the GCAP events UNDP organized two concerts performed by the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia in Kapan and Goris cities of Syunik region on October 16 and 17. In light of observing the International Day for Eradication of Poverty, Mr. Dirk Boberg, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative introduced the audience to “Stand Up and Take Action against Poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals” campaign. He noted, “This initiative is an important opportunity to focus the minds of leaders, at the national and international level, to keep their Millennium Development Goals commitments. Our collective efforts to eradicate poverty must pay close attention to the respect of human rights and the dignity of all. They must go beyond basic material needs and address discrimination and inequality”.

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