THRIVE is an AIWA-SF April project dedicated to highlighting Armenians who are doing amazing things in their personal and professional lives to better themselves and those around them. These individuals are inspiring, dynamic, innovative and interesting. Today, we feature Gohar Khachatryan and Anahit Ghazaryan co-hosts of Akanjogh Podcast.
Gohar Khachatryan is a Yerevan-based activist, a co-host of a feminist podcast and an avid dog lover. Gohar’s professional journey is quite diverse. With an education in Economics and Political Science and a further education in Contemporary Arts, she has worked in a variety of fields. Working mostly in non-profits and dedicating her personal time to activism made her realize that her true sense of fulfillment comes from contributing to a greater cause.
My life philosophy, the one I adopted recently is that perfect is the enemy of good. At some point, I need to let go of trying to make each episode perfect and just publish them. My favorite thing about being Armenian is that no matter where you go, you will meet another Armenian, and if you chat for a few minutes you will discover you have a friend in common. As they say, home is not always a place.
Anahit Ghazaryan is a writer, an activist, a feminist podcast host, a teacher, and a researcher, Anahit gets her main strengths from looking at the essence of things. Anahit holds a B.A. of Philology and Qualification of a Teacher in the field of Armenian Language and Literature and M.A. of Philology in the field of World Literature and Literary Theory from Yerevan State University. She has studied at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Yerevan from, where the duo met six years ago. In addition to co-producing and co-hosting Akanjogh, currently, Anahit is researching the life and work of Maryam Shahinyan (1911-1996), the first female photographer in Turkey.
Question: How has the Armenian culture shaped / influenced you?
Born and raised in Armenia, I have the privilege of not needing to think about my Armenian identity. That privilege comes with a sense of security and a feeling of having solid ground under my feet. The only time I find myself thinking about my Armenian identity is when I spend time outside of Armenia.
Question: What is your hope for the future?
My hope for the future is that one day “to do something like a girl” won’t have a negative connotation in Armenia.
You can listen to Akanjogh Podcast at Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or wherever you get podcasts.
Akanjogh Podcast on Whooshka: https://player.whooshkaa.com/shows/akanjogh