COVID-19: Civil Society Resilience and Sustainability

The COVID-19: Civil Society Resilience and Sustainability is a 48-month project funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by ERIM (formerly IREX Europe) and Human Rights House Yerevan (HRHY). The overall objective of the project is to foster the resilience and sustainability of civil society in Eastern Partnership countries enabling them to mitigate the immediate and longer-term impact of COVID-19. website has been created and developed within the framework or the project (Objective 2 - digitalization grants to improve the online work of CSOs). As one of the sub-grantees of the project PEN Armenia is currently working on digitalization of its archives and planning a workshop on digital publishing and e-book market, which will be held in upcoming months. 

On June 8, 2021, during our annual meeting, a presentation was made on the progress of the project; was officially launched as the first tangible result of the grant. The attendees were presented with the current progress of the programme and received information on other planned activities.

Varser Karapetyan presented the activities of Human Rights House Yerevan and welcomed PEN as a member of the organisation. She stated that both journalists and writers could be certain that HRH Yerevan would be ready when required to provide them with legal counsel, psychological and other support to protect their rights.

A brief presentation was made about the case of experienced journalist Taguhi Hakobyan, who left the newspaper Hraparak for political reasons and was currently unemployed. Although she had received support from PEN Armenia as part of the programme, she did not yet have permanent employment. She is the content manager for the PEN Facebook page as well as the “Post War Query” series of brief interviews of the website.

Come back to see more on the project implementation and the reports.