Shoushan Keshishian is currently studying for a Masters in Post-war Recovery Studies at the University of York, UK, where she is an Al Tajir Scholar. She received a B.A. in Political Science/International Affairs with high distinction from the Lebanese American University. She has also studied at Sciences Po Paris and taken part in the Women's Leadership Institute organized by the U.S. Department of State. In the past year, she has been on the board of the International Association of Political Science Students and has interned at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. Her interests include development, peacebuilding, and context-sensitive conflict transformation.
Beirut will rise again, but it will not be the Beirut that shaped us. It will not be the vibrant, chaotic, Beirut that made us fall in love with it over and over again despite all the pain it caused us, writes Shoushan Keshishian.
Volunteerism not only contributes to the social wellbeing of the volunteer, but also greatly benefits the communities and societies where it takes place, ensuring sustainable capacity development and building social capital. In Armenia, there is currently no legal framework regulating volunteerism.
Armenia is slowly inching towards a model of universal healthcare where all citizens will be able to access quality healthcare without falling into financial hardship. While recent developments have definitively set Armenia on that path, much remains to be done to ensure that no one falls through the cracks.