Two reporters for RFE/RL's Armenian Service, known locally as Radio Azatutyun received awards from the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) this month for their coverage of women’s issues in Armenia.
A first place award went to Lilit Harutyunyan for her video report on sex-selective abortions
, for which she received a cash prize of 85,000 Armenian drams (about $210). Second place and 55,000 drams (about $135) went to Ruzanna Stepanyan, for her video feature on a female plasterer
working in construction and renovation.
According to IWPR Armenian Director Seda Meradian, the competition "(promotes) balanced, comprehensive and consistent coverage of women’s issues. Our goal was to bring up topics that are not covered often enough by the local media or are not covered fully."
Submissions "related to health, unemployment, education, engagement of women in governance, and other… topics of concern to women living in remote areas of Armenia" were judged for fairness, thoroughness, and reporting technique.
-- Tyler Lahey