“Velvet Talks” with the Figures of Revolution: Zara Batoyan
01.06.2018
16:00
On June 1 Media Center hosted Zara Batoyan, active figure of velvet revolution, member of “My Step” initiative and member of Yerevan municipal council Yelq faction.

Concerning velvet revolution Batoyan noted that the revolution is significant for her namely for changing people’s thinking.

“The citizens proved that they can control the political situation and change it. It seems that the citizen rose up and that yields its harvests”, Batoyan said.

Struggling for years for the human rights of people with disabilities actively engaging in and initiating acts of protests she specifically values the participation of people with disabilities during the revolution.

She emphasizes that women’s participation was a gurantee for the peaceful process and creative approaches of revolution.

“Very important is the further participation of women in shaping the cabinet and in various political institutions. Women are competitive in politics. It is very important to give them chances and encourage them”, Batoyan says and adds that as a female political figure she did not come across serious obstacles.

 

As to the talks about her candidacy for Yerevan mayor she said that there are no such discussions within “Civil Contract” party and if there are such ones the party will decide its candidate. 

However if Batoyan assumed the office of mayor and had a chance to change things in the city she would in the first place enable citizens active participation  in solving problems. “If there is participation and trust to a person or party ready to solve problems, I am sure with fewer resources we can achieve bigger results.”

She also touched upon environmental issues pointing as a solution to creating big numbers of forests.

“We should set up such environment where the citizen will feel confident, no one will act in a state of indulgence. They should feel safe from lawlessness”, Zara emphasized.

Actively fighting for equal right and conditions for people with disabilities Zara considers the investment of inclusive education in Armenia as a significant achievement. At the same time she points to the problems in the field.

“We have time frames as to which region and when should start general inclusion and by 2020 all schools should be implementing inclusive education. Yerevan was to make it in 2018 but the previous government wouldn’t make the move. There is a problem of implementation and mechanisms. Parents’ participation is very important, approach based on child’s educational right and choosing the best option. I hope that revising the law “Higher Education” will be followed by necessary changes and inclusion will be implemented there also because in many cases there will be investments rather than expenses, and they will yield results”, Batoyan said.

Journalistic skills, public activity, politics and managerial experience in business spheres are to her mind necessary tools that enabled her to achieve her goals. 

“It is very important to break the stereotypes that politics is a dirty field, as all fields have so called dirty people, principles and styles. If you can bring that cleanness into the field of politics then you understand that politics is not filthy”, Batoyan noted.  

As a summary Batoyan encouraged young people to be free and brave.

“We have many active and brave young people. Now is the time that people educate themselves and not to fear mistakes. It is important to be honest, to admit your own mistakes and to have a  stereotype free thinking.”

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