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“Advancing Women’s Leadership in Local Government in Armenia”
October 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pmfree
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
Program includes 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; and Lilit Antonyan (Facilitator for the program); they will discuss their work experience in Armenia and reflect on their visit to the U.S. Political Assistant, US Embassy in Armenia. Svetlana Hovhannisyan will provide translation for the program. Moderator will be Jonathan Hecht, Cambridge-Yerevan Sister City Association Board Member and former State Representative and Watertown City Councilor.