05.10.2010 | 
Education
DISCRIMINATION: THE MOST VITAL GENDER ISSUE
DISCRIMINATION: THE MOST VITAL GENDER ISSUE
The term "Gender", recently ingrained in our vocabulary, is one of the most often discussed topics.

Today YSU Alumni and Career Center initiated a seminar discussion entitled Features of gender in labor market and student career building issues.

YSU Vice-rector on Students, Alumni and Public Relations Ruben Markosyan, welcoming the participants of the discussion, said that Alumni and Career Center not only helps students to find jobs, organizes internships, but tries to find out through research, analytical work what problems exist in labor market and what solutions we can offer in this direction.

YSU Alumni and Career Center Director Lilit Hakobyan said that this seminar aims to discuss, analyze and understand what kind of gender issues exist in the labor market and then find ways to solve them.

Participants of the seminar officials, representatives of international organizations and various public institutions commented current problems, made justifications and presented statistical data.

The causal chain goes around the following stereotypes as choice of profession, employment, national mentality, Europe orientated views are, which finally cause gender inequality, discrimination, which was expressed during this discussion, too.

Male participants were surprised why the woman and man must be equal. In natural sciences more men are involved, and the owners of the humanities professions are women,-said the Assistant to YSU Rector David Hayrapetyan and detailed as a psychologist what stands behind the profession choice and employment discrimination.

Women today are presented by two ministers in the executive body, a few number of women are occupied in the areas of legislative and judicial branches. So, gender discrimination is obvious in political sphere. The OSCE Yerevan Office national responsible for democratization projects Ovsanna Babayan also notes that men are main decision makers in governing positions.

Are there any professions and sectors which require male or female representatives? raises a question the instructor of the seminar and tries to restrain the heated discussion, because a heated debate was developing between male and female participants.

State Employment Service Agency Deputy Head Gagik Sahakyan noted that the familys burden is mainly on mans shoulders, so men are seeking high-paid work, and the women claimed that there are professions and jobs that are mens monopoly.

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