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Networks and Coalitions

As a result of many years of work, the organization has managed to excel with its transparent, open and dedicated work. It has established strong cooperation with local and international organizations operating in the sphere of sexual health and human rights protection.

Pink is currently a member of several local and international networks and coalitions.

Pink Armenia is one of the founders of Human Rights House Yerevan, which is a member organization of the “Human Rights House Network”, an international human rights network. Human Rights House Yerevan unites 5 organizations under its roof. The goal of this network is to provide a safe, accessible and public space for activists, civil society organizations, movements, civic initiatives, and human rights defenders who are often targeted for their work.

In 2010, seven NGOs, including Pink, formed the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women, which was formed as a result of the tragic death of 20-year-old Zaruhi Petrosyan, a victim of domestic violence. The coalition was formed on the basis of the demands of the founding organizations: fair trial, prevention of similar cases, adoption of legislation that prevents domestic violence. The mission of the coalition is to jointly contribute to decreasing cases of gender-based violence against women and girls by strengthening prevention and protection mechanisms.

In 2017, Pink Armenia became a member of the Non-Discrimination and Equality Coalition, which brought together organizations and individuals whose goal is to promote and protect human rights and equality in Armenia, and to promote respect for equality and human dignity.

The organization is a member of the Country Coordinating Mechanism against HIV/AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria (CCM). The Country Coordinating Mechanism is central to the Global Fund activities and decision-making processes. The Mechanism includes representatives from the public and private sectors, representatives of the government, non-governmental and international organizations, academic institutions, as well as people living with these diseases. Previously, the organization was a member of the CCM from 2012-2015.
The organization’s representative is also a member of several CCM working groups such as CCM Oversight Body and “Community Engagement, Human Rights and Gender Equality” working group.

The organization has been a member of ILGA World and ILGA-Europe
since 2011. ILGA World is a federation of more than 1,600 member organizations from 158 countries that has been fighting for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people across the globe since 1978. ILGA-Europe works for the equality and rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people (LGBTI) in Europe and Central Asia. ILGA-Europe defends and represents the rights of LGBTI people and their issues in European institutions such as the European Union (EU), the Council of Europe (CoE) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).-

In 2014, Pink Armenia became a member of the Eastern European Coalition for LGBT + Equality, which is a network of LGBT+ organizations from the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) and Russia, and mainly focused on working with the community, aiming to improve the situation for LGBT+ people and problems in their countries and in the region. The Coalition works towards strengthening the potential of the LGBT+ movement, to improve legislation governing the situation of the LGBT+ community, to disseminate information on the situation of the LGBT+ community, and to support LGBT+ activists in the region.

Our organization is also a member of AIDS Action Europe, which was established in 2004 and has grown to be one of the largest networks focused on HIV in the region. The network reaches beyond the borders of the European Union and covers all 53 countries in Europe and Central Asia. Members of this network comprise a diversity of about 400 NGOs, national networks, AIDS service organizations, activists and community groups of people living with HIV.

Since 2013, Pink Armenia is part of UNITED Network, which is a European Network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrant and refugee rights. UNITED coordinates, supports and strengthens a network of 560 organizations from 46 European countries. UNITED is working on issues, such as direct and indirect forms of discrimination, hate crimes and intolerance, and highlighting intercultural understanding and equal rights for all.

Since 2016, Pink Armenia has been a member of the Eurasian Coalition on Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity (ECOM), which works towards creating conditions where men who have sex with men, as well as transgender people, can have access to sexual and reproductive health services. These services should be provided with the insurance of human rights protection, including HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.

Pink Armenia works with other international bodies to report on the human rights situation of LGBT people in Armenia, such as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), EU-Armenia Human Rights Dialogue, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), UN Special Rapporteurs, UN Independent Experts.

Pink has been a member of a number of networks, coalitions, which are no longer active.

Pink Armenia has been a member of the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders from 2009-2015. It united 30 human rights NGOs from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The Network sought to facilitate the creation of a safer environment for human rights defenders in the South Caucasus and to strengthen their voices in the region and internationally.

Due to active cooperation with several organizations which are working on sexual health, HIV/AIDS and human rights protection issues in Armenia, Pink Armenia has conducted various public and social events in Yerevan and throughout the regions of Armenia. The strong ties between these partner organizations and individuals became the basis for the foundation of the Advocacy and Research Group on AIDS. The founders of this group were the following organizations: Pink, Real World Real People, Women’s Resource Center and Positive People’s Armenian Network. The group aimed to take joint actions for human rights protection and advocacy of vulnerable groups and bring public attention to the importance and urgency of sexual health issues.

From 2011-2014 Pink Armenia joined the Regional Network against Homophobia. The target of the network was to form a LGBT network of Middle Eastern, Caucasus, and Balkan Countries for the struggle against homophobia. The network aimed for a social, cultural and political life in the region where LGBT people can express and live without hiding themselves. Moreover, the network sought to organize LGBT people directly in their regions and empowering existing organizations to become stronger through regional solidarity. It also aimed for the media in the region to change its discriminatory, militarist, sexist and homophobic language which produces hate and ignites nationalism, and the development of peaceful media.

In 2012, Pink became a member of the Ethical Committee of the National Center for AIDS Prevention of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia.