Cummings Foundation Grant Recipient

Advancing Women's Leadership in Local Government in Armenia

Armenia Arusyak Avetisyan Cambridge-Yerevan Sister City Association Jonathan Hecht Lilit Antonyan Lilit Haroyan NAASR Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lecture Series on Contemporary Armenian Issues Shushanik Danielyan Svetlana Hovannisyan Women in Leadership

Thursday, October 19, 2023, at 7:30 pm Eastern
In Person at the NAASR Vartan Gregorian Building, 395 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA

Masks are recommended to protect our immunocompromised patrons and staff.

ARUSYAK AVETISYAN, Member of Vardenis Local Council

SHUSHANIK DANIELYAN, Member of Yeghegis City Council

LILIT HAJATYAN, Member of Artik Local Council

LILIT HAROYAN, Member of Charentsavan City Council

MERI HARUTYUNYAN, Deputy Head of Development and Investment Programs Department for Yerevan Municipality

LILIT ANTONYAN, Facilitator for the program, Political Assistant, US Embassy in Armenia


JONATHAN HECHT, Cambridge-Yerevan Sister City Association Board Member and former State Representative and Watertown City Councilor

The participants discuss their work experience in Armenia and reflect on their visit to the U.S.

Five young women from Armenia will be in Greater Boston October 13-21, 2023, to participate in an Open World grant program focused on advancing women’s leadership at the local government level. The delegates are hosted by the Cambridge-Yerevan Sister City Association (CYSCA) with funding from the Congressional Office for International Leadership (formerly known as the Open World Leadership Center), a legislative branch agency that supports the U.S. Congress. The Open World program brings emerging leaders from participating countries to the United States in order to give them firsthand exposure to the American system of participatory democracy and accountable governance.

CYSCA has designed a program of visits/meetings with government officials at the local, county, state, and federal levels as well as with individuals at local universities and non-profit organizations in areas of interest including leadership building, local development, women’s issues, disabilities, and environment.

Cambridge Yerevan Sister City Association (CYSCA)
National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) / Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lecture Series on Contemporary Armenian Issues


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