Working towards introducing social protection floors for decent work in Armenia


Key Risks Across the Lifecycle. Photo: Development Pathways
Key Risks Across the Lifecycle. Photo: Development Pathways

UN Women, in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), organized an introductory workshop on the National Social Protection Floors Assessment in Armenia on 20 April 2021 in Yerevan, Armenia.

The introductory workshop presented to the main governmental and non-governmental stakeholders and social partners the initial exploratory findings of the National Social Protection Floors Assessment in Armenia, commissioned by UN Women and conducted by international firm Development Pathways together with their local partner, Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC)-Armenia.

The workshop brought together representatives from the Government of Armenia, including the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MLSA), the Ministry of Health, and the Statistical Committee of the Republic of Armenia (ARMSTAT); representatives of NGOs, including the Human Rights Research Centre (HRRC), Mission Armenia, Full Life (for persons with disabilities), the Republican Union of Employers of Armenia, and the Confederation of Trade Unions; and representatives of UNDP Armenia, UNFPA-Armenia, UNICEF-Armenia, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the ILO. The workshop provided an avenue for discussing the initial findings and served the purpose of stakeholder engagement in the research process.

The opening of the workshop was chaired by Ms. Nino Gachechiladze, Project Analyst for UN Women Georgia; Ms. Jasmina Papa, ILO Social Protection Specialist; and Ms. Betina Ramírez López, International Consultant.

The National Social Protection Floors Assessment is to be carried out from a lifecycle perspective and in reference to international experiences, as well as to social security standards and conventions – importantly, the ILO Social Protection Floors Recommendation, 2012 (No. 202), and the Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention, 1952 (No. 102).

The initiative is implemented in the framework of the project “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the South Caucasus”, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC).