First confession: I am a seasoned smoker. Next confession: I have long dreamed of adding “former” to that status. From time to time, my inner struggle reaches a crescendo, but then the momentum…

Vigen Sargsyan |

April 7th is an Armenian national holiday celebrating motherhood and beauty. And it may not surprise you that, since it comes one short month after International Women’s Day, we tend to combine…

Laura Bailey |

“You can’t hold back time, ” goes the saying (and the song). Indeed, the Laws of Nature dictate that people and societies get older and older, whether we like it or not. But let me pose a question…

Laura Bailey |

After seventeen months in the South Caucasus, I have learnt a lot from colleagues in the countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia about this day, March 8th. It is considered one of the most…

Mercy Tembon |

In earlier posts, I highlighted the importance of creating equal opportunities for all of Armenia’s girls and boys – to learn, to grow, and to choose the ways in which they can contribute to their…

Laura Bailey |

As we celebrate International Women’s Day around the world on March 8th, I’m worried that Armenia is missing out on a key building block for economic growth. Women are 54 percent of the working…

Laura Bailey |

I was quite surprised recently to find out that a poll of 1, 066 people across Yerevan and all ten regions of Armenia revealed substantial gaps in public awareness of food safety and people's…

Vigen Sargsyan |

On Sunday, March 8th, we celebrate International Women’s Day. In Armenia, the date is also a national holiday and, coincidentally, this year it marks exactly six months since I arrived in Yerevan…

Laura Bailey |

One of the most striking things I first noticed after moving to Armenia was the importance of strong extended family networks – and the extent to which this aspect of Armenian social structure has…

Laura Bailey |