The prime minister’s wife and the capital’s mayoral candidate made the top three
A member of Parliament from the Tsarukyan faction, Naira Zohrabyan, was the most quoted woman in Armenia’s online media in July. Zohrabyan is also a candidate in Yerevan’s upcoming mayoral elections, representing the Prosperous Armenia party.
Over 130 online sources have referred to Zohrabyan a total of 909 times. She has been referenced more than any other woman in Armenia.
She outstripped even the popular Anna Hakobyan, wife of Prime Minister Pashinyan, who was mentioned 525 times.
The top three also included a member of the Council of Elders of the capital and leader of the Yerkir Tsirani party, Zaruhi Postanjyan, with 523 references. Much has been written about her as mayoral candidate since July.
Naira Zohrabyan came out on top for several reasons.
Firstly, she actively fought for the liberation of Sasna Tsrer armed group members, who at one time captured the Patrol and Guard Service regiment building and also fought against the previous authorities.
In addition, she headed the pre-election list of the Prosperous Armenia party at Yerevan Council of Elders elections.
She also showed considerable activity in solving social problems and problems of the general public, including garbage collection. In July she was taken to hospital after being poisoned by a landfill, where she participated in filming.
As for Anna Hakobyan, Nikol Pashinyan’s wife, she and her husband attended the Golden Apricot film festival, which is popular in Armenia, sent their son off to the army, founded the My Step Foundation which is named after the movement initiated by her husband, and displaced the previous powers.
Third place went to Zaruhi Postanjyan, mostly due to her running for the mayor’s post in Yerevan this year.
The ten most frequently mentioned women in July also included the former Minister of Justice Arpine Hovhannisyan, several active ministers, Nune Sargsyan who is the wife of the current president, and Rita Sargsyan who is the wife of the ex-president.
Media monitoring and ratings were conducted by the Mediamax online resource.