This has enabled women to actively participate in all spheres of Armenian life.

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The mountainous country is located in Southwestern Asia, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.

The country shares its border with Turkey, Georgia and Iran, and is landlocked.

Other contributing factors include Armenian women's lack of, or lower level of, education regarding their rights and how to protect themselves from abuse.

In May 2007, through the legislative decree known as "the gender quota law", more Armenian women were encouraged to get involved in politics.

There are no well-established laws against domestic aggression and gender-based prejudice in Armenia.

Furthermore, divorcing a husband – even an abusive one – causes "social disgrace", with the families of women who file for divorce or report domestic violence being considered to be shamed.

Married women lived as virtual slaves of their husbands' families, although the situation improved gradually with age.

During the first year of marriage, they were not permitted to speak to anyone except their husband, and were forbidden from leaving the house.

The law code of Mkhitar Gos, dating to the 12th century, sought to raise women's status from its former level, however the code explicitly enshrined male domination and forbade divorce, even in the case of domestic violence or marital rape.