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are the special issues (printed analogues were distributed in regions), shining{covering} about debatable problems gender theories, gender attitudes and relations in the most different areas of a public life. The research data resulted editions in a significant part are made by advisers of AGIC


In this section the gender researches are presented. The researches have been realized by the Azerbaijan authors with 1998 on present time


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Sustainable development of the Azerbaijan and gender equality

In Azerbaijan by initiative of the President llham Aliev in accordance with Presidential Decree dated by 6 of February 2006 State Committee on family, women and children has been established. Chairwoman of the Committee Mrs. Khidjran Guseynova gave interview to the co-editor of the magazine Women's Appeal for Peace, Mrs. Elena Kasumova

Dear Khidjran hanum! On behalf of the South Caucasus Coalition Women for Peace please accept our sincere greetings and wishes of fruitful work on such a responsible state position. You are the first woman - doctor of political science and you have been appointed for chairmanship of such an important state authority, as State Committee on family, women and children. How do you think, whether position of women in the society serves as one of the indicators of the political image of the state at the international scene?

Naturally, states, and Azerbaijan in particular, are very sensitive to the opinion of the international commu­nity on the issue. There are committees in the world, which are in charge of support of women and family development. Domains of their activities are very much similar and differences in titles rest with national men­tality. For example in Italy there is Ministry of equal opportunities. This title reflects European trend to en­sure gender balance in the society and this direction is traditionally very important. Let's say that in many European countries such kind of structures have titles which contain words "gender" "family" "children" We decided not to use term "gender" as far as it is not yet fully accepted by all, but in the meantime it is impos­sible to imagine contemporary politics without gender perspective. That is why real political processes tak­ing place in Azerbaijan caused creation of such mechanism, which will promote development of fam­ily, women and children. Till now many functions in this vitally important sphere have been distributed between different ministries. It does not mean that we will compete with somebody, but we will be in charge of the coordination. Social perception of the women's and men's roles - gender - becomes one of the lead­ing factors of the society consolidation. Social integra­tion prescribes negotiation of the inequality, justified by difference of social functions which should be evaluated and awarded in different way.

Stable movement of our republic towards civil society and state with rule of law puts spotlight on the different social problems related exactly with gender development. Infor­mal but rather clear determined division of occupations on those "for men" and "for women" still exists in the repub­lic, which as additional source of social contradictions. Nevertheless women's rights are violated mainly men also appeared to be subjected to the inequality.

Existing gender asymmetry of the social roles exer­cises discriminative influence not only on women but also on men. Affiliation of women with private sphere and men with public leads to estrangement of men from the family in some regard promoting labor migra­tion as likely way out of difficulties. As a result society itself ends up loosing as far as socially active part of the population leaves republic while family mode and relationships are subjected to the severe trials, if not speaking about issue of proliferation which result in serious demographic problems.

Traditional gender stereotypes are strong enough in our society, but I should underline that we are not ex­ception. Nevertheless Western societies have long standing traditions of democracy, woman there also should be 3-4 times more professional than man in order to take part in the decision-making at the high level. In Europe people already became aware that presence of the high qualified women leads to dy­namical and harmonious social development. Women have better adaptive capabilities. This fact we could see on the example of our country, when manty men, especially oldsters, were not able to find their bear­ings under conditions if the market economy, but women are granted by nature with awareness that she is in charge of her children maintenance and that is why she is ready to take any kind of work. Our women manage to survive in the toughest situations and our overall objective is to lighten their life.

But Constitution and legislation of Azerbaijan declare equality between men and women. Is there any ne­cessity in further improvement in the given sphere?

There are many laws adopted right up to the Presi­dential Decree on implementation of the state women policy. However mechanisms of legal acts realization are weak. We need to perfect practice of interaction of the existing legislative frame and mechanism of its implementation.

How do you plan to improve situation?

Contemporary trends related to the gender mainstreaming define strategy of the Sate Committee, outline socially valuable priorities. Among them, of course, balancing of the opportunities to access those occupations stimulating stable development of the country and ensure social integration of men and women along with strengthening of the family, which is traditionally respected in Azerbaijan.

Complicated work in many directions lies ahead. Ac­cording to the statistics, significant part of the popula­tion is socially vulnerable. To the certain extent this fact is related to the transformation period we experi­ence currently and as a result wide range of problems towards which women and children are the most un­protected. Especially it refers to those residing on the zone of the armed conflict and refugees. We will de­velop specific bills and submit them to the Parliament. Investments are necessary. It was also planned to cre­ate analytical center which will accumulate informa­tion and process data on the issue. On this scientific basis we are going to forecast gender situation, elabo­rate measures and recommendations to the govern­ment of the country.

We are also planning gender expertise of the bills. It is also necessary to check acting legislation with re­gard to gender perspective.

Do you consider cooperation with CSOs?

In Azerbaijan civil sector accumulated solid potential. I am acquainted well with women's movement of the country and consider that women organizations need extension of the "coverage zones" of the public policy, which is necessary component of the civil society. It is well known that without participation of the public poli­tics is impossible. Activities of the CSOs in many re­spects should rest upon domestic resources and that is why CSOs should turn face upon state. Of course we will cooperate with developed CSOs with high level of expertise. As far as we plan discussion of the need in wider participation of women in the decision-mak­ing to be carried out both at the state and non-state levels.

Would you be so kind to define at least one gender related problem in the exploring of which CSOs could be involved?

For example today we need seriously investigate prob­lem of the early marriages spread in the South of the country. Inn the past early marriages in the Azerbaijan considered to be norm, but currently they mainly re­sult out social insecurity and nobody is interested whether girls is ready to such changes in her life.

You draw exciting perspectives, but what kind of power will enjoy Committee?

Currently structural changes are carried out and com­mittee charter is prepared where spheres of our re­sponsibility and power will be reflected. Our recom­mendations are not going to be simple proposals, they should be followed by the corresponding reaction of the authorities.

Do you mean national bodies?

Both national and local. We are planning to create our focal points in the regions. And we also plan to involve CSOs to this work.

Is problem of domestic violence topical for our country?

If judge basing on statistics situation in Azerbaijan is not worst in this regard, in many European countries situation with violence is much worse. But it is not be­cause it is verity, it caused by the fact that in European society human being is first of all personality ready to protect own rights. People there are not embarrassed to apply for help to the law enforcement. Our women try to keep silence about such accidents in the family. Maybe it is resulted of traditions. But humiliation could not be estimated as good tradition any way.

Our predecessor - Committee on the women's issues put significant attention to the problem. The most im­portant id to involve corresponding authorities to the resolution of the problem, e.g. Ministry of Justice, Prosecutor's Office, Ministry of Interior Affairs etcetera. Many experts from UN and OSCE and other interna­tional agencies carried out special trainings for the stuff of the mentioned above structures, in order to shape right perception of the domestic violence. Woman subjected to the domestic violence is not able to be normal mother, as far as she bares negative energy, which is transmitted to the child. Hence, we receive unhealthy, insecure generation.

Which concrete measures will be taken for women's development?

Currently in Azerbaijan we have situation when in certain families only women earn money. Especially it is topical in rural areas, many men leave seeking job opportunities and many of them do not return. Women should be ensured with possibility to earn money, to be economically independent and many problems will be solved. Finding herself alone 40-45 years old woman feels herself completely helpless. Women need assistance in capacity of training, consultative services and motivation for development. Our Committee is planning to carry out special vocational courses for them.

You have already stressed upon importance of the family values. What is planned to support fa­mily?

Support of young families will serve as priority, as far as they are extremely vulnerable. Better access for real estate landing, high payments for baby-minding should become reality and young professionals will not seek job opportunities abroad. Young family is not only concern of the state, it is our future which define condition of Azerbaijan on the third Millen­nium.

Three years ago you were the first coordinator of the Coalition 1325 meeting. What can you say about the Coalition now?

I think that Coalition demonstrates specific activity in the creation of the civil society. Representatives of dif­ferent political parties, state structures and civil society are united within this structure. One of the successful initiatives of the Coalition is without no doubt creation of the IDP Women Network, drawing attention of the Azeri public to the problem of the equal rights and op­portunities. I am sure that Coalition will achieve more!


AGIC promotes creating the history of civil society and those initiations by studying womans public activity in the end of XIX - the beginning of XX centuries. The collection of the visual evidences and oral reminiscences allows not only to recalled the events, become utterly absorbed in the atmosphere that reigned at that time but also to comprehend, understand how and what efforts were demanded for establishing of Caucasus womens rights. The information collected here will serve also as a supporting material for teachers, historians and researchers working in the sphere of womans and gender problems. They will get an opportunity of using these unique documents as historical references, visual and oral evidences.


The European Womens Thesaurus is the tool for definition and search of the "female" information in databanks, the Internet and the collection of womens libraries, the documentary centers and archives. The European Womens Thesaurus contains 2087 European terms.

In the Azerbaijan version of the Thesaurus are brought 589 terms reflecting sociopolitical realities of the Azerbaijan society, national and Islamic culture.


is the data-base of all the national actors involved in women's and gender issues work. The data base supposes to include the gender focal points: State agencies, National parliament, Business sector, Mass media outlets, International organizations, functioning in Azerbaijan, Funding institutions, functioning in Azerbaijan,Diplomatic corps, functioning in Azerbaijan, the individual actors (individual feminists, writers and poets, artists, scientific womens rights lawyers). Attention! The directory is connected by links to databases of womens NGOs (both registered and non-registered), NGOs carrying out gender projects, researchers and teachers.


In Azerbaijan by initiative of the President Ilham Aliev in accordance with Presidential Decree dated by 6 of February 2006 State Committee on Family, Women and Children issues has been established. Chairwoman of the Committee is Mrs. Khidjran Guseynova. She is the professor of the Baku State University and the first woman- the doctor of political sciences in Azerbaijan


The section presents the international documents on achievement of equality between men and women and protection of human rights for women.


The section presents the international documents on achievement of equality between men and women and protection of human rights for women.


The database base of womens NGOs includes the registered and unregistered organizations, womens f groups. Attention! There arent practically precisely profile NGOs in Azerbaijan. For completeness of the information search is recommended to realize by several key words


The database represents the information about the international and national projects on gender problems for the period 1998-2007. Search is carried out both by thematic key words and under names of NGOs

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