What would you wish Armenian women on this holiday?
First of all, I wish happiness, faith, hope and love to our women. I would be happy to see our women starting really appreciate themselves; our women are wonderful and worth appreciation, they are really very good. My work takes me to various international organizations and countries, and while communicating with women of different states, I can say that our women are priceless. They are very beautiful and smart. What our women lack a bit is their own self-esteem. A woman must learn to appreciate herself in order to be valued by others. And I wish that our Armenian women really valued themselves and expected similar attitude from others.
What is the most original and unforgettable March 8 present you got?
You know, it was not timed to meet March 8; it was just a coincidence. Hrant Matevosyan presented me with a collection of Yeghishe Charents's works he edited, with an inscription which is very dear to me: “to a brave and courageous girl”. This is the most beautiful present I remember on this day.
Parliamentary elections are coming soon. What do you think about the role and participation of Armenian women in politics?
Unfortunately, women play a very minor role, not adequate to the potential they have in the public sector. Armenian women are very skilled; there are very active women in public and political sector who can have real participation in politics. Judging by statements of the parties who actively engaged in election campaign, I hope the National Assembly will see increased representation and role of active women who are smart and competent in politics. The Electoral Code stipulates at least 20% of women representation in the parliament; besides, there are women who can take serious part in political processes, and I expect this representation to be a real one and not an imitation.