The Story of the Twin Sisters Syuzanna and Ruzanna: Overcoming physical and psychological barriers to study and work

“Now we are students at the Ijevan branch of Yerevan State University”

We are 22-year-old 
Ruzanna and Syuzanna, twin sisters,
 born in the village
 Koghb in Tavush
Marz, Armenia.
 Unfortunately, our
 past 22 years have
 not always been easy, as we have functional limitations of movement – best known as cerebral palsy. Since childhood we have undergone endless treatments and rehabilitation exercises.

Nonetheless, with our parents’ dedication we managed to overcome physical and psychological barriers, and in 2000 we started to attend school. Today, we are fourth-year students at the Ijevan branch of Yerevan State University, in the faculty of pedagogy and psychology. At the same time, we are working at the non-profit organization Bridge of Hope as project assistants.

Through the “The Right to Earn a Living” project we have become members of a youth advocacy group to protect the rights and interests of people with disabilities, where we have improved our knowledge and skills in advocacy, leadership, communications, etc. The project’s debates, roundtable discussions, advocacy campaigns, walkathons, and TV programmes have given us the chance to express our views and opinions. As a result, we have become more self-confident and are now better able to find solutions to the problems that we and other disabled persons must address.

Learn more about the “Right to Earn a Living” Programme is aiming to increase the economic and social inclusion of young people with disabilities.