To restore access and understand how to better interact with our site to avoid this in the future, please have your system administrator contact [email protected] Armenia, a strong preference for raising boys has led some parents to abort female fetuses, which means many more boys than girls are being born.To support reproductive health in the country UNFPA is implementing "Strengthening Sexual and Reproductive Health" Project in Armenia.
In analyzing the gender order in late Soviet and post-Soviet Armenia (the 1960s–80s and 1990s–2000s, respectively), I use the concept of a “paradigm script” to uncover the rules that regulate the gender and sexual practices of men and women throughout their life cycle.
But new legislation and campaigns promoting the value of having girls are helping counter this illegal value is placed on having sons.
Susanna Mkrtchyan, a training and development officer for Save the Children, says she often hears people tell parents of girls things like: “‘You don’t have a son? Keep going; you will have a son next time.’”This preference for a boy, together with advances in ultrasound technology, has created a high demand for sex-selective abortions, and Armenia now has the third highest rate of female fetus abortions in the world, behind China and Azerbaijan.
I analyze normative and “deviant” practices of female premarital sexuality in relation to this code.
This analysis enables me to draw certain conclusions regarding changes in the Armenian gender order.