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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.

Azerbaijani Women Celebrate ICT for Girls
May 6, 2013

Young Azerbaijani women with an interest in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) celebrated their achievements at a special event entitled “Girls in ICT Day” in Baku on April 25.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the event that was hosted by IREX. The event highlighted the skills and contributions of young women working in the ICT field. Awards were made to winners of Tech Age Girls (TAG) project. Representatives from local NGOs working on gender issues and from the Ministry of Education participated in the event.

Azerbaijani Journalists Trained in Using Latest Online Media Tools
May 6, 2013

Twenty six journalists from Baku and the regions participated in two workshops on “Data Mapping and Online Journalism”, organized in early April. The training was conducted by the Azerbaijan New Media Project (ANMP) funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX).

Improving Social and Psychological Assistance for Victims of Domestic Violence
April 30, 2013

In collaboration with the State Committee for Women in Azerbaijan, USAID provided support through the Women’s Participation Program (WPP) to help sharpen the knowledge and skills of regional employees providing social and psychological assistance to victims of domestic violence.

USAID Supports Televised Discussions of Women’s Issues
April 30, 2013

A series of TV talk-shows with the title “What do Women Want?” is raising public awareness on discrimination against women and promoting women’s participation in political processes.

USAID Joins United Nations Democracy Fund to Organize “Gender Academy” for Youth
April 30, 2013

On February 23-27, 2013, USAID and the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDF) co-sponsored “Gender Academy” training in Oguz, which brought together 30 young civil society activists, comprised of 10 men and 20 women. The aim of the training was to empower women’s active participation in decision-making by strengthening women’s leadership skills. The “Gender Academy” is part of two-year  “Establishment of Women’s Center for Raising Public Awareness” initiative funded by UNDF and implemented by “Young Leaders” and “Bridge to the Future”, both Ganja-based civil society organizations.

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Last updated: December 22, 2014

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