On November 26-28, 2020, LIFE-15 offsite training was held within the framework of “Fighting against discrimination in Armenia” project. This time the training was held for beginner CSW activists.


The goal of LIFE offsite training is the awareness-raising and capacity building of CSW community representatives on the topics of leadership and human rights, enhancing their legal consciousness, acquainting them with the domestic and international human rights protection mechanisms.


H.E.M. Nico Schermers, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Armenia,  and Sergey Gabrielyan, the president of New Generation Humanitarian NGO joined the training and delivered a welcoming speech. In his speech, Sergey Gabrielyan expressed his happiness at seeing the active participants, and presented the history, fields of activity and priorities of the organization as well as thanked H.E.M. Ambassador for accepting the invitation.


At the beginning of the training, the participants introduced themselves, mentioning the region they represent. With facilitation of Sergey Gabrielyan, the participants spoke about the problems and needs of the community, expressed their vision how to solve and address them. H.E.M. Ambassador noted that it was a highly active discussion, during which he was able to see the main problems and needs of the community. He said that the Netherlands is at the forefront of human rights protection, always ready to help and support Armenia and organizations dealing with the issues of vulnerable groups.


On the first day of the training the participants got acquainted with the topic Leadership and Activism. Trainer Hmayak Avetisyan introduced the participants to the concept of leadership, the description of leadership, the characteristics of a leader, as well as the types of leadership. He also presented the history of activism, the precedents of the movements, need for activists to protect the rights of the vulnerable groups. The expert also spoke about the work of Country Coordinating Mechanism and the importance of community engagement in decision-making processes.



The first part of the second day of the training was dedicated to the topic Domestic and International Mechanisms of Human Rights Protection, ECHR which was presented by trainer-expert Shushan Khnkoyan who spoke about the concept of human rights, generations of human rights, domestic and international protection systems, the European Convention on Human Rights and the procedure for applying to the ECHR. At the end of the training, the definition of freedom of speech, hate speech, torture and their legal regulations were presented. 


The third day was dedicated to the topic Prevention of Stigma and Discrimination within the framework of which trainer, lawyer Lusine Gasparyan presented the definition of discrimination, types and protected grounds of discrimination, discriminatory terms and their non-discriminatory variants.







“Fighting against discrimination in Armenia” project is implemented by New Generation Humanitarian NGO with the financial support of Sweden.