LIFE2017 Information Platform Conducted

LIFE2017 three-day information platform came to its logical close.

The information platform was held on August 7-9, 2017. 

During all the three days, the participants were enthusiastically and actively involved in the discussions on the topics of the information platform.

The first topic presented by lawyer of New Generation Humanitarian NGO (NGNGO), Anahit Mkrtchyan on the first day of the information platform was Human Rights and Dignity. Anahit Mkrtchyan gave the definition of the concept of human rights, presented the mechanisms of human rights protection. European Convention on Human Rights and European Court of Human Rights were also introduced to the participants. Then followed a group work with active participation and discussion by the participants. Next, the trainer explained what human dignity meant, presented fundamental rights and freedoms, the protection mechanisms of  honor, dignity and business reputation. Later the terms and order of compensation for damage caused to honor, dignity and business reputation, concepts and differences of freedom of speech, insult, slander, hate speech were introduced to the participants through group works and general discussions.

On the next day, the topics of conflict resolution, freedom of speech, public speaking skills were introduced to the participants by trainer Elvira Meliksteyan. The trainer with excellent facilitating skills introduced the essence of communication, sides of communication, verbal and non-verbal communication, close- and open-ended questions, four sides of communication. Next followed the topic of unhealthy communication, concept of conflict, its causes, stages, crises, ways of prevention and resolution presented by patterns, accompanied with heated discussions. Then the trainer introduced the topics of freedom of speech, ideas on the concept, public speech, meanings of the concept, speech making, methods of influence, public speaking in different environments, risks and opportunities through role plays and group work.

The trainer of the last day of the information platform, NGNGO representative Alik Ustyan presented the topic of Sexuality. The knowledge of the participants on the above-mentioned subject was clarified through group work. After that the definition of sexuality was given, its components were discussed, sexual orientation and its types were introduced, the differences among sexual orientation, sexual identity, self-perception and behavior were explained. Gender, gender identity, gender role and expression were presented through active dialogues with the participants and group work. Transgenderness and its components were also discussed after which the trainer with the active involvement of the participants introduced in a table the heterosexuality and homosexuality in case of Trans* people.  Intersex manifestations, the issues of intersex people were discussed with a special emphasis.

Later NGNGO president Sergey Gabrielyan and NGNGO representative Arman Sahakyan gave the general summary of the three-day information platform.

Afterwards the participants were awarded with LIFE2017 certificates.

It should be mentioned that LIFE information will be continuous, held every year.