Hasmik Avagians sista tankar från hennes praktik i Armenien med Svenska FN-förbundet:
Right now I am finishing a six months long internship changing my life and my points of view drastically regarding human rights and development and also my role in it. I have experienced situations very subtle and personal, which cannot be described in this context. But I also have some thoughts worth sharing widely.
First of all I want to thank the Swedish and Armenian UN Associations for the opportunity to accomplish this great internship in Armenia. Working in the field with advanced and enlightened professionals such as the staff and experts of UN Association in Armenia lead by President Armine Podosyan, gave me a deep insight into the Armenian civil society organizations, culture, values carefully cherished through hundreds of centuries and problems of our times. I assume my experience of living and working in Armenia was somehow unique in a sense of being originating from Armenia. Returning back now as an adult gave answers to many unsolved questions and pieces of puzzles came into place. I finally could define my strong desire for working on human rights issues, striving for political and socioeconomic equality between people.
I feel so privileged to connect with so many people both in Armenia and in Sweden, people who express their excitement about human rights issues and engaging themselves in the field. The reaction of my audience helps me to realize the importance of my own engagement when concerned youth ask questions and express thoughts in the end of every presentation.
I am glad that many young people hearing about my internship in Armenia, a country less known in Sweden become interested of visiting it in terms of exploring it further.
When looking into the eyes of my audience I realize the importance of efforts and resources Swedish UN association puts to accomplish and inform the society about projects of this kind. Although we live in an information-based society we all have a narrow sphere of interests. Therefore raising awareness of younger generation about reality outside the Swedish borders is enlarging their worldview, raising their tolerance toward mankind contributing in particular to understand the necessity of human diversity in our own society. A diversity which is not demonized and limited, but rather used in purpose of new achievements and innovative solutions beyond politics, economy and war. A willpower to build a peoples society – a society utilizing the competences and capacities of people for peoples best.
Concluding a wonderful period of internship I want to bring my humble opinion on importance of collaboration between UN associations’ in Armenia and in Sweden raising and encouraging a whole bunch of brilliant youth making them conscious citizens of their societies.