Lida Minasyan – Women Deliver
2020

Lida Minasyan

  • Age: 31
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I believe in women's potential, and I want to see every woman empowered.

- Lida Minasyan

Bio

Lida Minasyan is an Armenian feminist peace activist. She is the Co-founder of Women’s Agenda, a nonprofit organization uplifting women’s resilience and expertise to build peaceful communities and a sustainable future. Lida has more than eight years of experience in the NGO sector, leading advocacy and women’s rights projects, including peacebuilding initiatives. Lida has previously worked as the Executive Director of the Society Without Violence NGO in Armenia, promoting and protecting the rights of women, advocating for the integration of gender education at public schools, and empowering young women. As the Partnerships Specialist at the Global Fund for Children, she cultivated new partnerships and engaged donor opportunities globally. Lida holds Master’s degrees in Human Rights from Central European University and Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Lund University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Yerevan State University.

What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?

Sexism and violence against women put me in active resistance against patriarchy since I was a teenager and turned me into a women’s human rights advocate over time.

Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.

I advocated for the integration of gender education in the high school curriculum in Armenia and presented it on the Human Rights Council 35 side panel as a good practice recognized by the UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women and Girls.

Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy dancing, learning new things, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

Languages Spoken:

  • Armenian (Advanced/Native)
  • English (Advanced/Native)
  • Russian (Intermediate)

Speaks On:

  • human rights-based advocacy
  • uniting the feminist movement through storytelling
  • social entrepreneurship
  • gender, peace, and security

Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:

  • Swedish Institute Visby Scholarship (2019-2020)
  • Atlas Corps Fellow (2018-2019)
  • One Young World Peace Ambassador (2018)
  • Completion Certificate of Global Leadership Lab organized by Atlas Corps
  • International Human Rights Training Program organized by Equitas

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