In an editorial on International Women’s Day, “Aravot” makes a case for increasing the role of women in Armenia’s public and political life. “No matter how busy a woman is with making a career and other purely masculine tasks, she will never forget what needs to be sorted out at home,” writes the paper. “Now imagine our home as an entire country where men with switched-off brains and various obsessions hold sway at various levels. It is obvious that that country badly lacks women restraining, balancing and reminding us of incomplete things. In that sense, there is an urgent need to increase the number of women holding positions at all levels.” Armenian women can be adept not only at housekeeping, concludes the paper.
“Among the Armenians, a woman continues to be regarded as an appendage to a family head,” writes “Azg.” “But an appendage that carries the whole burden of social problems on her shoulders, does the almost impossible, … spends its entire ingenuity on keeping the family fed, dressed and prosperous. And for that she needs a snake’s brains.” The paper says women’s exclusion from governance is therefore a huge waste of human resources.
“Zhamanak Yerevan” reports that President Robert Kocharian has given state awards to a number of agribusiness company owners. Among them is oligarch Gagik Tsarukian’s mother Roza. “With his love of medals characteristic of Soviet leaders, Kocharian has become particularly generous during the pre-election period and lavishly hands out state awards,” attacks the paper.
“Hayots Ashkhar” carries an interview with Israel Hakobkokhian, a former world champion in amateur boxing who is running for parliament. Hakobkokhian speaks out for the abolition of legal immunity from prosecution enjoyed by Armenian parliamentarians. “It is the people who must be untouchable and be able to nail every deputy,” he says. “A parliamentarian’s mandate is not a temptation for me,” he adds.
“168 Zham” reports that Samvel Babayan, Nagorno-Karabakh’s former military leader, fears that he might not be deemed eligible to stand in the parliamentary elections because he has not lived in Armenia for the past five years. The paper says Babayan met some “influential officials” from President Robert Kocharian’s staff and threatened to appeal to the Constitutional Court in case he is not registered as an election candidate. “Samvel Babayan is ready to make serious and scandalous revelations in the court,” it says.