Famous Women: Hranush Hakobyan

Hranush Hakobyan is a female Armenian politician who is currently the longest-serving woman in the National Assembly of Armenia. Hakobyan was among the only seven members of Armenia’s Parliament. She was the first Armenian woman to be “directly elected” into office by the Armenian people instead of “being appointed by a political party”. In 2005, she sponsored Armenia’s “gender-quota law” in order to encourage the participation and election of more women in the politics of Armenia.

Date and Place of Birth
April 12, 1954, Sarukhan village of Gegharkunik Marz

Education
1970 graduated from secondary school N1 of Gavar with gold medal
1975 graduated from the YSU Applied Mathematics Department
1989 graduated from the Moscow Academy of Political Sciences honors diploma
1994 graduated from the YSU Law Department with honors diploma, Doctor-Professor of Law

Career Experience
1975-1983, lecturer at the YSU Applied Mathematics Department, 1978-1983 Deputy Secretary of YSU Komsomol Committee
1983-1985, Secretary of ASSR Central Committee of Komsomol
1985-1990, First Secretary of ASSR Central Committee of Komsomol, elected to the membership of the All-Union Komsomol Central Committee Bureau (Moscow), 1986-2008 MP, member of RA Supreme Council Presidium
1990-1995 and 1995-1996, MP, head of National Assembly standing committee on social and healthcare and environmental affaires
1995-1997, deputy head of CIS inter-parliamentary assembly social affairs commission
1996-1998, RA Minister of Social Security
1996-2008, member, head of the Armenian delegation to the international congress of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, member of the women’s affairs coordinating council
1999-2003, member and deputy head of EU-Armenia Inter-Parliamentary Commission
June 2008, Head of the RA State Committee on Diaspora Affaires by the Foreign Relations Ministry
October 2008, RA Minister of Diaspora

Other Information
-Author of 5 books and over 40 research papers
-Trustee of several funds, founder of the US-Armenia Health Care Center, Chair of the Armenian Women’s Union, member of YSU, YBU and SAU academic boards, Armenia’s Youth Parliament founder. In 2012, she was elected SAU Board President.
-Holder of a number of State and government decorations, medals and awards, senior reader at the RA Public Administration Academy and the State University of Gavar, recognized as Woman of the Year, MP of the Year, Political Figure of the Year
-2008, RA Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary under a presidential decree
-In 2011, Hranush Hakobyan was awarded Mkhitar Gosh medal by virtue of a presidential decree.

Party Membership
Republican Party of Armenia, RPA Executive Board member

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