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“Empowerment for Women - Progress for Society!” conference brought together key stakeholders to discuss gender-based violence an
December 17, 2014

Gender-based violence and early marriages are issues faced by many countries around the world. According to statistics from UN Women, between 15 and 76 percent of women are targets for physical and/or sexual violence during their lifetime and over 60 million girls are forced into marriage before the age of 18.

Unfortunately, these issues also affect Azerbaijan. According to official statistics, between 2010 and 2013 nearly 18,500 criminal acts involving violence against women were committed. Twenty three percent of these cases were the result of family conflicts.

There are also many cases of forced early marriages and early engagements in Azerbaijan.  Between 2011 and 2013, nearly 8000 early marriages took place in Azerbaijan and more than 10,000 children were delivered by mothers between the ages of 15 and 17. The situation is aggravated because the majority of such cases are most likely unknown to public, which means the figure could be much higher.

May 29, 2014

Azerbaijan regained its independence in 1991 with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. At the crossroads of the Middle East, Central Asia and Europe, Azerbaijan is a secular state with a Muslim-majority population and traditions of religious tolerance. Azerbaijan has substantial energy resources, which have led to rapid growth over the last decade, but the country still needs to make substantial progress on economic reforms.

Participants discussed recommendations for improving Azerbaijan’s entrepreneurial environment in key areas.
May 1, 2014

On May 1, 2014, stakeholders gathered for the “Development of Entrepreneurship in Azerbaijan” conference at the Baku Hilton.

Azerbaijani Civil Society Organizations Get New Skills And Knowledge
March 6, 2014

On February 28, 2014, eleven Azerbaijani civil society organizations (CSO) completed the Increasing Civil Society Organizations Effectiveness Training Program. The training was delivered by USAID’s Building Local Capacity for Development (BLCD) project from September 2013 through February 2014. The training focused on helping CSOs build practical skills and develop the tools and resources to enable them to implement development initiatives.

A USAID Program Promotes Public Discussion To Prevent Domestic Violence
December 9, 2013

Today, the USAID-funded Women’s Participation Program in partnership with the “Clean World” Public Union and the Citizens’ Labor rights Protection League organized a public discussion on “Mechanisms of state intervention into intra-family conflicts to prevent domestic violence” as part of the world-wide initiative “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence”.

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Dereck Hogan speaks to the press about the importance of entrepreneurship
November 21, 2013

Today, a conference entitled "The Development of Small Businesses in Azerbaijan" was held as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week in the Baku Business Center.

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Last updated: December 22, 2014

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