This internationally celebrated day — March 8 — is by no means a recent event. Over a century ago, International Women’s Day brought together the women of the Western world to make their voices heard, united under the banner of their demands for equal rights. Indeed, it was in 1908 in New York City, that around 1,500 women demonstrated, carrying placards demanding a reduction of working hours, better pay and the right to vote. They marched in the streets of the same city, where only two years later, through the efforts of a young revolutionary named Aknuni, a vibrant organization of dedicated Armenian women came to life, a humanitarian society that would become a world-wide network of benevolent activity under the name of “Armenian Relief Society”.
The first stage of the Armenian Relief Society Central Executive’s “Warm House” program was implemented on Saturday, February 8, 2014 through the efforts of its entities around the world to provide aid for Armenians in Syria.
ARMENIAN RELIEF SOCIETY, INC.TO PARTICIPATE AT THE 58TH SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN AT THE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK CITY
The Armenian Relief Society, Inc., as an ECOSOC- accredited non-governmental organization (NGO), is again participating and hosting multiple panel discussions at this year’s United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The panel discussions will incorporate this year’s priority theme for CSW, which is “Challenges and Achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls.” In addition to the priority theme, the review theme this year is “Access and Participation of Women and Girls to Education, Training, Science and Technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.”
ARS Central Financial Office to be Named After Benefactor Mr. Hrair Soghomonian’s Mother, “Ungh. Manoujag Soghomonian”
The Central Executive Board of the Armenian Relief Society is pleased to announce that the ARS Central Office Financial Department will henceforth be named in honor of Mr. Hrair Soghomonian’s mother, “Ungh. Manoushag Soghomonian”. A plaque will be placed at the entrance of that department in gratitude for our esteemed benefactor’s generous donation of $15,000 in honor of his mother.
On June 9, 2013, the dedicating and naming ceremony for the Executive Director’s office in honor of its benefactor was held in the presence of the ARS CEB Executive members and the staff of the ARS, Inc. Central Office.
NGO/CSWNY Chairperson Soon Young Yoon Visits the ARS “Araxie Boulghourjian” Socio-Medical Center in Beirut, Lebanon
In May, while on a five-day visit to Lebanon, the Chairperson of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women (NGO/CSW NY), Soon Young Yoon, was invited to visit the “Araxie Boulghourjian” Socio-Medical Center and meet with ARS/Lebanon’s Regional Executive board. Considering the participation of the ARS Inc. in UN/CSW NY meetings and panel discussions, and its close cooperation with international NGOs, Yoon’s invitation was extended to her by the Central Executive Board.
“Elimination and Prevention of All Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls”, the ARS Participation at United Nations’ CSW 57
The Armenian Relief Society participated in the United Nation’s 57th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, from March 4-15, 2013. CSW, a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is “the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women”. The theme of this year’s CSW was “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls”. Approximately six thousand women from all over the world registered to attend the CSW57 events.
“From Empowerment to Sustainability: Financing, Health and Participation for Rural Women” – ARS Panel at the UN (March 2, 2012)
On March 2, 2012, the ARS organized a high-level panel event with the Armenian Permanent Mission to the UN and His Excellency, Ambassador Garen Nazarian.
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah paid a visit to one of the oldest societies in Jordan, the Armenian Relief Society, in Jebel Al Ashrafieh in Amman, Petra news agency reported.
The official event marking the 20th Anniversary of the ARS, Inc. Orphans Sponsorship Program, was held at the K.Sountougyan Hall in Yerevan on September 30, 2012.