2020 was quite a difficult year for the Coalition to stop violence against women with its challenges.
During the first half of the year, there were challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in most countries of the world and Armenia as well, and in the fall, the challenges caused by the war disaster unleashed by Azerbaijan on September 27. Thus, the Coalition to stop violence against women was working in an emergency mode this year, under the conditions of overexertion.

Back in the spring, a state of emergency was declared in the country due to a pandemic situation, which had its impact both on the socio-economic situation in the country, and especially on the quality of life of women. We had to reorganize our projects and provide emergency assistance packages to the women beneficiaries of our member organizations, who had lost their jobs and found themselves in a vulnerable situation. As a result of the Coalition’s efforts, urgent assistance such as hygiene kits, rents, small business supplies, etc was provided to 1,600 women who have experienced violence and discrimination, and 109 quick Covid-19 tests were bought for the shelter staff and beneficiaries. 

Along with the pandemic starting on September 27, our country was attacked by Azerbaijan. The majority of the population of Artsakh moved to Armenia from the very first days of the war. The children and women of Artsakh escaped to Armenia in slippers and home clothes. From the very first days of the war, the Coalition to stop violence against women began to implement urgent support programs to the people of Artsakh. Support headquarters were established at the offices of the Women’s Support Center, Women’s Resource Center, and Real World, Real People. The existing programs of the Coalition were reorganized, and new funding was raised. Overall, 9437 families were provided with various social assistance, which includes food, hygiene items, clothes, and other necessities. Moreover, legal assistance was provided to 102 displaced women from Artsakh and psychological assistance to 58 people.
We are deeply grateful to all our supporters and partners for their sensitive support and cooperation in these difficult conditions.
We will continue our support programs for the benefit of women and their families in difficult situations, with high hopes that 2021  will be peaceful.