Stronger women: stronger Armenia – factsheet
March 7, 2021

Stronger women: stronger Armenia – factsheet

For sixty years, the European Union has worked tirelessly to defend women’s rights and to empower them to realise their full potential. Gender equality is at the heart of the EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative. It is vital to the individual lives of women as well as men, and essential for long-term democratic development. In its cooperation with Armenia, the EU is driving real change by strengthening women in business, providing opportunities for quality education and promoting a fair society.



  • Gender action plans
    Taking account of gender issues across public policies, and generating statistics based on gender
  • New and improved legislation
    Adopting and applying anti-discrimination and domestic violence laws
  • More women in business
    Making loans via local banks available for women-led enterprises
  • New study and career opportunities
    Offering a wide range of exchange programmes across Europe with Erasmus+
  • Young women leaders
    Enhancing the active participation of young women through the EU4Youth programme



The EU supports women entrepreneurs in Armenia through the Women in Business programme which is implemented by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Support provided by the programme includes business advice, training and mentoring to women-led companies, as well as finance through dedicated credit lines provided to local banks.

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In 2019, 226 women entrepreneurs in Armenia received loans to a total value of almost €1 million under EU support programmes for SMEs, while 143 received grants worth more than €1.5 million. More than 2,500 benefitted from consultancy services. Turnover among supported companies rose by almost €36 million, and 1,592 new jobs were created as a result of the support.

“I heard there was an innovative business centre in Sevan which helps young people who have an idea but don’t know where to start.” Thanks to the Mayors for Economic Growth project, Zoya Safaryan learned how to develop a business plan and now aims to open a marketing centre.

Women entrepreneurs in Armenia also have access to a range of other funding and advisory services provided under the EU4Business initiative.

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Through its Erasmus+ programme, the EU offers young women and men in Armenia a huge range of exchange opportunities across Europe.

Erasmus+ opportunities include:

“Sending an application from the village post office took me to four different countries and determined my career.” Satenik Khachatryan studied in Norway, Ireland, Malta and Sweden under Erasmus+. Now, she is back home working on child protection and education.

  • From 2015-2019, EU funding enabled 2,491 students and academic staff from Armenia to study or teach in the EU; 100 Master’s students from Armenia have received full Erasmus scholarships.
  • Over 8,000 young people and youth workers took part in short-term exchanges, mobility, training and volunteering projects.

Erasmus+ in Armenia: all your questions answered:


  • EU4Youth supports young people to develop skills for jobs, and encourages and invests in youth entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.
  • The EU has set a 75% target to support young women under the EU4Youth programme.
  • EU4Youth funds 5 grant projects active in Armenia.
  • In the period 2018-2020, 3,461 young women in Armenia benefited from training and workshops under EU4Youth grant projects, 147 took part in internships, 86 became self-employed after receiving support, and 12 received grants to help them set up their business.

“I fell in love with the work. The project gave me the opportunity to learn new skills and a new profession.” With EU4Youth support, Sveta Khachatryan became the first female veterinary student with a disability in the city of Gavar



The EU-funded project on ‘Strengthening access to justice for women victims of violence’ supports Armenia in applying international standards of women’s rights in domestic law. The project supported law enforcement officials to coordinate their action on domestic violence.

“During these trainings, we saw a big change in mindset – officials began to realise they needed a specific gender approach to fight this evil effectively.” Liza Grigoryan, judge of the Yerevan Court of General Jurisdiction.

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This regional programme, funded by the European Union across the Eastern Partnership, seeks to strengthen equal rights and opportunities for women and men by shifting social perceptions around gender roles, tackling gender stereotypes and increasing men’s participation in childcare and other domestic responsibilities.

With school closures  during the COVID-19 pandemic increasing pressure on families – especially women – the project has launched a new campaign encouraging society to Look Beyond traditional masculine and feminine roles to a world where household chores and childcare have no gender.

Find out more: EU 4 Gender Equality: Together Against Gender Stereotypes and Gender-Based Violence








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