In January 2010, through a Pontifical Letter, His Holiness Aram I declared the year as “Year of Armenian Woman”. In his letter he urged Dioceses to reassess the place and contributions of women in different aspects of community life and decision-making bodies.
At the end of this calendar year, His Holiness is inviting representatives from dioceses to meet at the Catholicosate in Antelias 25-27 November, a date that coincides with the “UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women”. The conference will first receive progress reports from the Dioceses and set priorities for the continuation of the work. It is also expected that the conference will make a statement on violence against women and affirm the positive contribution of women in establishing just peace and security.