On December 13, at 11:30 a.m., a discussion was held in the Media Center entitle “Mechanisms of immunity during epidemics”.
Nare Hovhannisyan, President of “Center for Legal Initiatives” NGO Arshak Gasparyan, President of “Social Justice” NGO, criminal justice expert
Various studies have documented an increase in domestic and gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this context, the women who were released from the penitentiary institution or enrolled in the probation service appeared in a doubly vulnerable position, because on the one hand there was a risk of being discriminated because of the status of a former prisoner or a beneficiary of probation, and on the other hand, of being a victim of violence. The mentioned factors, combined with the lack of provision of gender-sensitive resocialization programs, housing or social support, have made the situation of women of this group unfavorable even in freedom. In the context of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the state has taken certain steps to promote the use of alternative restraints and forms of punishment, as well as the practice of release from punishment and detention, but women have not been considered as a priority vulnerable group in the mentioned processes.