This week in Critical Bodies in Conversation series, BoMoVu team will be in conversation with Lara Aharonian on body, movement, and the Women Walk in Armenia. Please scroll down for registration.
Lara Aharonian: I will be talking about our experiences of women’s march against violence in the regions of Armenia. How we self-mobilized, the journey, the interactions with people in different areas, things we learned and stories we shared, the coffee cup reading sessions, the friendships.
Lara Aharonian was born in Beirut in 1972 and immigrated to Montreal, Canada during the Lebanese civil war in 1990s where she studied Psycho-education and Comparative feminist Literature and started her activism in her local women’s center “Femmes d’ici et d’ailleurs”. She has been living in Armenia for the past 17 years, where she co-founded with Gohar Shahnazaryan the Women’s Resource Center in Yerevan in 2003 to empower women in the region and challenge the patriarchal norms in the Armenian society. In 2008, she co-founded the first crisis center for survivors of sexual assault in Armenia to break the silence and shame around violence against women. Until today, with other activists, she advocates for the rights of women experiencing domestic violence and support them in finding justice. Since 2006, she also works with women living in the conflict region of Nagorno-Karabakh where she founded the sister branch of the Women’s Resource Center in Shushi, to include their voices in the peace processes and gather feminist oral stories. She has been involved on different Women, Peace and Security agenda platforms and initiating on-going cross-border dialogue with Armenian and Azerbaijani women affected by the conflict.
She is one of the directors of the documentary film “Finding Zabel Yesayan” on the life and work of the Armenian feminist writer and social activist of the early 20th century. In 2008, with two other women, Shushan Avagyan and Nancy Agabian, she published an experimental feminist book written in a mixed language, entitled “In the (Un)Space”.
Critical Bodies in Conversation
An online critical sports-and-movement conversation series by BoMoVu in collaboration with Online Seminars.
You are invited to the Critical Bodies in Conversation online series that brings together activists and sports-and-movement practitioners sharing their experiences.
In these conversations, we will be talking about discriminatory and oppressive attitudes in sports-and-movement based on bodily differences and social positions; supportive networks to deal with such attitudes; and ways of physical and social empowerment by movement practices.
Online Participation: We will be meeting on Zoom and live-stream our conversations on our Facebook accounts. You can participate by writing at the comments section on Facebook or using the chatboard feature on Zoom. You can also use your microphone and video on Zoom at the Q&A section. If you miss the live event, you can watch the recording as well. Please note that these meetings are public and recorded, so please do not share anything (audio, text, visual etc.) that you would not like to make public or get recorded.
Language: The live conversations will be held in participants’ native language or in English. We will add English subtitles to recordings when they are available.
BoMoVu – The Network of Sport and Body Movement for Vulnerable Groups (BoMoVu.org) is an association that develops programs to transform sport and body movement into social benefit and combats all kind of discriminations in sports. Thanks to our network of volunteer sport and physical activity practitioners, we bring together various groups such as children, refugees or women, and contribute to their social empowerment in line with their needs.
Online Seminars (Oseminars.com) emerged out of the social goal of making local and critical seminars accessible to a broader public. It aims at contributing to the participatory and ecological production and distribution of knowledge across national boundaries. It is committed to making alternative educational offerings available in the Global South; reduce the ecological damages of the seminar and conference travel industry; and provide a participatory space for intercultural, multi-lingual, and translocal encounter among seminar organizers and participants.
These conversations are part of the Critical Body Project, supported by the French Embassy in Turkey and Women Win.