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AGBU YP YEREVAN DISCUSSES SOCIAL ISSUES IN ARMENIA

FILM SCREENING

On June 12, AGBU YP Yerevan organized the screening of Bavakan, a documentary film about gender selection abortions in Armenia. The film was directed by Adrineh Gregorian, an up-and-coming filmmaker, repatriated to Armenia from California. Gregorian is an alumna of the AGBU Manoogian-Demirjian School in Canoga Park, California. The film notes, “Beneath the surface of Armenian society lies a non-traditional reality, one where a woman's right to choose ends in a quest to present a male heir to the family. Bavakan explores this issue through the stories of four women and the pressures they have faced to have gender selection abortions.”AGBU Central Board Member Vasken Yacoubian, AGBU Armenia Director Arpi Vartanian, AGBU YP Yerevan Liaison Anna Aghajanian, YPs, NGO representatives, students, and others attended. Following the viewing, a lively discussion and exchange of opinion followed. The screening took place at AGBU Yerevan. Bavakan, which means enough, was included in the Out of Competition section of the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival, and in the Armenian Panorama competition of the 2013 Golden Apricot International Film Festival.

MEETING WITH RA NATURE PROTECTION DEPUTY MINISTER

On Tuesday, June 4, celebrating World Environment Day, AGBU YP Yerevan met with Armenian environmental experts: Khachik Hakobyan, Deputy Minister of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia, Karen Jenterejyan, Head of Armenia’s Protected Areas System Development project financed by UNDP and GEF (Global Environmental Facility), and Erik Grigoryan, International Environmental Expert. Topics discussed included: environmental issues in Armenia and current policy, Armenia’s participation in international environmental conventions, and international environmental trends. Environmental issues have become very hot topics in Armenia lately, which made the meeting especially timely and interesting, and led to extended discussions.