Violence against women constitutes one of the most serious problems that European countries are currently facing. Armenia is no exception. The cases of violence take place in a wide variety of settings such as workplaces, educational institutions, rural and urban settings irrespective of woman’s ethnic or religious background, social status, economic standing, age, or other conditions. Violence against women are especially appalling when they occur at homes – places where the women are supposed to be provided with safe family environment.     

The global movement against gender violence is gathering momentum every year as more and more people worldwide join their voices to say “NO” to violence against women by participating in a wide range of activities within the framework of “16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence” Campaign which starts on November 25th and ends December 10th. 

Since 1991 well over 3700 organizations in more than 160 countries have participated in the annual global campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence” that calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. In 2000 the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence was introduced in the Caucasus. The campaign has been held in Armenia since 2001.

The interactive play “Lawsuit over Stolen Rainbow” was staged by the leading interactive theatre company in Armenia - Theatre for Changes NGO with the support of UNFPA as part of the “16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence” 2012 Campaign in Armenia. The play is aimed at promoting national awareness of the issue and providing opportunities for the public and civil society to join efforts in combating gender-based violence.