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Baku, Western University 2006, 56 p


The Azerbaijan Gender Information Centre and Gender Research Center under Western University under the support of found "Kvina to Kvina " represent the curriculum « Gender and Information Communication Technologies ». The goals of the curriculum promote education of information culture for the teachers of gender disciplines, knowledge of ICT technologies and techniques in scientific, research, educational and practical activities. The training course is designed for deep structure, application of set of various examples, tasks, simulators, the questions developed on the basis of concrete vital gender processes and situations.


Yelena Kasumova, Irada Kasumova. TRADITION OF WOMEN'S ACTIVITIES IN AZERBAIJAN (the end of XIX the beginning of XX centuries).


ISBN 9952-8021-4-5


Baku, 2006. - 268 p. (with pict.)


The researchers of women's movement history, experts on gender problems, scientists of sociology and political sciences have not come to the common opinion till now apropos of the attitude to the women's movement, especially, at its earliest stages, in states of the South Caucasian. Was it connected with feminism of the first wave in the slightest degree if only that was absolutely rocking social foundations of Western society? According to its nature a women's movement can not develop in the context of patriarchal traditions, in that case what served the first cause for its birth in the Azerbaijan society? Was it a result of idea and theories clash or, probably, its history was a chronicle of people' fates, strong and bright persons whose lives were full of dramatic characters? Were heroines of this book the bearers of feminism ideas, and what degree of their influence on the development of public relations did they have?

The book that you are holding in your hands "Traditions of Women's Activities in Azerbaijan (the end of XIX - the beginning of XX centuries)" has to answer these questions, or perhaps approach the truth. We are in the Azerbaijan Gender Information Center who prepared this collection of articles for publication, understood all difficulties of such mission very well. Only unprejudiced readers have a right to judge how well we managed to carry out our work because they really got an opportunity of investigating the unique documents, majority of them were published in neither special literature nor popular one. But we will return to the method of articles selection still.

The present forming women's movement attempts to turn to its origins that are contradictory enough. There appear in the historical retrospection heroic persons: empress Tomris, legendary women-rulers Nushabeh, Mahibanu, Mehridjan Hatun, Kerogli's wife Nigajr devoted to the struggle for independence, Fatali-khan's supporter in the struggle for establishing the unified Azerbaijani state Tutuh Bikeh. On a diplomatic field have proved Sara xatun, Despine xatun and Mekhin Sultanim xanum. These women were representatives of different social stratums. However, all of them were rated highly in the social consciousness. There shines the Pleiad of famous poetesses' names: Mehsety Gandjevi, Agah Begim, Hejran Hanum, Gonchabeim, Hurshud Banu Natavan, Fatimah Kaminah. "The specifics of the gender relations in Azerbaijan lies in the fact that a woman was kept away from the production field; here, unlike in European countries, the rights and liberties of women were advocated and fought for by the national intelligentsia represented by men and educated in the spirit of the humanistic and democratic principles of the spiritual ethno-culture. This contributed to the fact that the gender contradictions and confrontation in Azerbaijan did not acquire the sharpness characteristic of the West and there emerged no necessary conditions to dictate the need for a feminist movement. The struggle, even if by only a part of men for the rights of women, appeared to remove the need for women to participate in this struggle and alleviated the bitterness of the confrontation".

We would like to attract readers' attention to women's fates who were going down to history in the beginning of XX century. All of them had integrated in the Soviet society though some of them got under the roller of Stalin's cruel repression, but they became true heroines of Azerbaijan contemporary history, its national wealth. It is Hamida Djavanshir-Mamedkuli-zade, public figure; Nazira Shah-Mirza, physician and musician; the Mamedovs Aziza and Sona, actresses; Firuza Kerimova, oil-engineer; Mariamhanum Bairamalibekova, figure of trade-unions and a lot of other women about whose lives a reader will get know from this book.

Authors of this historical collection of articles and documents chose for this goal a very popular in the West form of documentary research known as "oral history". In point of fact, it is small stories written from words of their daughters, granddaughters and even great-granddaughters of our heroines made cultural, scientific and industrial glory of Azerbaijan. The short memories will attract attention both their ingenuousness and new facts from lives of well-known Azerbaijan women. We think that will become the significant fact that the very tellers themselves grew up to famous scientists, pedagogues, musicians, people occupied active moral positions, true patriots of their Motherland.

In this book a reader will find the most interesting essay "The Woman's Al-Koran" published more eighty years ago. It is a story about a book named "Adobu-Nisa". It appeared from Persia and according to the legend it was composed by order of Fet-Ali-han who had a reputation of a woman's love significant "expert". All the content of book is in point of fact, a history of a harem woman struggle with man's violence. However, the methods of this struggle are sometimes really insidious in the woman's style, at times they cause a smile. The women-preachers out of the people: Kulem-Nene, Khuli-Djan-Aga, Babi-Shah-Zeinabe and the other were bringing them to oriental women developing the spirit of resistance and hatred for lack of rights in their hearts.

Thus, there ripped the rather intelligent spirit of protest in the thick of people that was brought by different public powers and doomed a social outburst of expected political actions. And they on the strength of historical collisions had to assume a grave, revolutionary character.

In the part dedicated to early the first Soviet period of woman's movement we presented the documents, articles, and memories of those years. You won't be able to find the comments or articles of authors' collection. There are only the facts that according to the classic's thought, are "the most stubborn thing in the world". We avoid giving those events an authors' appreciation and occasion to charging with a mythologization of historical past We would not also somebody look for an unordinary "casus belly" of different political convictions. Moreover, we are sure that absolutely well-defined an author "position of non-interference" it the work pretended to be a basis for carrying out the serious historical researches including gender ones. It will allow to avoid the legitimization of historical mythology that can be scarcely admissible in a polemical fervor.

So, only the documents of that fat time appear before a reader. However, you won't find a mention about the coercive women's attraction to woman's clubs, or especially as taking off chadrahes by force. Overall, the modern history knows much more facts of coercion into wearing a chadrah than its prohibition. This was in Taliban's Afghanistan or Homeini's Iran. The sequence of "socialistic feminism" actions for an young Azerbaijan woman is carried out on the line: woman's club-course of illiteracy liquidation-taking a profession and only after, she took her chadrah off. Different prospects were being opened before every girl at that time, they were much more alluring than a solitary life in her husband's apartment, her an original "lambs silence". And continuing this analogy we have to remark that girls were not coming to woman's clubs like sacrificial animals going to the slaughter. No, it was an intelligent and steadfast step. You will learn from the documents that in Azerbaijan there took place not simply a "process of emancipation" but the true struggle for woman's freedom, and it also had both its heroines and its victims whose names you will get know from this book.

Today a lot of researches of woman's movement in Azerbaijan are fighting for studying this public phenomena not only through historical documents, significant scientific works, but also contemporaries' personal evidences, memories, articles, analyze of literature works whose authorship belonged to the women. Such a method is successfully and long practiced in the West. Authors of this historical collection completely sharing such a position took it as the methodical basis of their work "Traditions of Women's Activities in Azerbaijan (the end of the XIX - the beginning of the XX centuries)" and hope that it won't remained unnoticed both experts and interested readers.

The Azerbaijan Information Gender Center plans to extend a sphere of public discussion on woman's problems and gender equality of rights by popularizing the information collected by two Azerbaijan and Georgia organizations for their research. It seems, the collection "Traditions of Women's Activities in Azerbaijan" will be of interest not only for the experts of feminist movements and gender development history, but also for the general reading public. The authors of the collection "Traditions of Women's Activities in Azerbaijan " purposed not only to work up the scientific subjects of historiography. The presented publication is issued under support of Women's Network Program of Institute "Open Society" appears rather actual for the modern public model too, that is characterized by extreme exfoliating of society into the rich and poor, increasing of the conflict processes of fundamentalist's ideas restoration and secularizing of public relations.

This book would not be able to emerge in the world without the experts helping who did their best to keep the historical people's memory. Thank to their efforts there wrote a lot of dissertations and published the books, but the very experts often kept in the background. It is no secret that documents keeping in our museums is far from perfect condition for the present, and the enthusiasts for their work who are Lala hanum Bajramova, Director of the Museum of National Education, Aliya hanum Abbasova, Head Custodian of the Museum of National Education, Maarif Teymurov, Director of the State Archives of Literature and Art , Zarifa hanum Dulaeva, Head of Department of Newest History of National Museum of History of Azerbaijan not only let the documents but also they shared their knowledge telling the facts how the political events of that period affected our heroines' fates. That's why we tried to include their living stories in the space of the historical documents.





ISBN 9952-8021-3-7


Baku, Adiloglu 2005. 138p.

The Women's Network Program of Institute « Open Society » was the first donor organization in Azerbaijan which started the long and versatile project for development gender education. The catalogue reflects the basic directions of this activity and acquaints with the received results: the developed curriculums and the manuals, the issued books, the lead realized schools and seminars, strengthening of regional and international cooperation, creation of a national gender portal, granting of virtual resources, formation of library resources. The catalogue contains a databank on the experts working in sphere of gender education and gender researches.





ISBN 9952-8021-4-5


Baku, Adiloglu, 2005. - 178 p.


Regional Directory of Women's Groups, the book, which you now have in your hands, is a result of a 3 years' activity and work of 13 Women's Information and Documentation Centres from 12 countries. Going through the pages of this book, one will find a lot of useful data and a whole new gender-oriented picture of the region. An entirely new mapping of the region by hundreds of women's organizations appears, as well as the enormous amount of women's work and activities that have become visible and, I believe, are here to stay.

The work on the Directory started in 2000. It was considered by the national INDOCs to be a pre­condition for common work on the project we had started with the idea that one day it should grow into a structured and stable regional network. This was pioneering work, to collect data about women's groups all over this region, work, which had to face many problems from its beginning. One of the biggest problems was the fact that in most of the countries wherein we initiated the project of building national women's INDOCs, there were no such organizations, so they had to be built-up and established from scratch. Therefore, it was very ambitious, almost a "mission impossible", but with both a great enthu­siasm from participating groups and organizational' and methodological approaches, the work was successfully completed.

Some months before the book appeared, an on-line available database of the Regional Women's Groups Directory was established with much more detailed and extensive descriptions of the groups' work, cross-searchable through key-words as well as through other attributes. With the on-line database and this book, not only women's organizations in the networked countries, but all other kinds of users from all over the world, allows deeper insight into the situation and the state of the women's movement in their own countries and in the region, Anybody, sitting at the computer and using the Internet in Alma Ata, Beijing, Prague, San Francisco, Sidney or Zagreb, Baku, even the smallest town in the world, could learn how many women's organizations there are in the 12 countries, what they do, what kind of projects they run, their contact addresses, e-mails, phone numbers. Searching by key-words, one can also find all groups from each of these countries that deal with any particular issue, like violence against women, women in politics, women and media, and many others.

Although the Directory has only relatively recently become publicly available, according to the feedback, the usage of the data provided through the Directory is far beyond our expectations, at least for this short first period of availability after having been publicly presented.

Before leaving you to sift through book and form your own opinion, it has to be said with great pleasure, that this Directory is only one, but extremely important, product and part of work of the REWIND NET - Regional Women's INDOCs' Network, the organization that grew out of the pilot project "Building Information and Documentation Centres", which started in 2000. Then, the Open Society Institute -Network Women Program from New York, thanks particularly to the director of the program Ms. Anastasia Posadskaya, accepted the project, took active part in developing it further on as a cooperating partner and has sponsored it ever since.





ISBN 9952-8021-0-3


Baku, «Adiloglu», 2003, 293 p.


The Azerbaijan Gender Information Centre under the support of Open Society - Azerbaijan in frameworks WNP represents scientific translation into the Azerbaijan and Russian languages the book "European Women's Thesaurus".

With a professional thesaurus information can be made retrievable. In the case of specific information on women, mainstream thesauri have been shown to be incomplete: valuable information cannot be sufficiently indexed and thus gets lost. The language used to describe information has not kept up with developments in women's movements and women's studies, and this has often, unfortunately, made this information inaccessible.

The need for a European Women's Thesaurus has been investigated in several ways in the past. Women's collections have been established in every country in Europe. The lack of a common indexing and retrieval system was seen as a big obstacle to cooperation between women's libraries and documentation centres in Europe. In the absence of such a system that could be used internationally all of the many libraries had developed their own system to meet their individual needs and special requirements.

In 1990 the Equal Opportunities Unit of the European Community asked for research on 'Resources for providing information and documentation in the field of equal treatment for men and women in the European Community'. This study was carried out by Marieke Kramer of the IIAV (Amsterdam) and by Jytte Larsen of KVINFO (Copenhagen). In their recommendation they expressed the need for a European Women's Thesaurus, to overcome language barriers and to facilitate exchange of information.1

In the final report of the evaluation of Women's Studies activities in Europe for the SIGMA-network and DG22 of the Commission of the EU, it was recemmended that efforts be made to produce a European Women's Studies Thesaurus as a continuation of the Dutch Women's Studies Thesaurus. A common system would make it possible to develop broader cross-European, especially multicultural perspectives.

The Dutch Women's Thesaurus was found to be useful as the starting point to elaborate on a European Women's Thesaurus. The Dutch Women's Thesaurus has been set up in such a broad way that the entire field in relation to the position of women can be indexed. The thesaurus makes it possible to index a range of sources (political and judicial decisions, statistics, research etc.) and is suitable for users with different backgrounds (governments, researchers, NGOs, media, women and men)

The development of the European Women's Thesaurus and the specific adaptations for each member state of the European Union will be approached in stages.

After the translation of the Dutch Women's Thesaurus a selection of a European basic thesaurus was made. Experts from European women's libraries and documentation centres met and formulated criteria for creating a structure for the European Women's Thesaurus. Some terms had to be removed from the Dutch Women's Thesaurus because of their specifically Dutch content, while other terms were added. This basic European Women's Thesaurus contains the terms which are applicable in every European member state. With it, an indexing system is developed with which European databases in the field of the position of women can be indexed. In addition this basic thesaurus serves as a base for a multilingual indexing system. Specific cultural, political and judicial adaptations on the European basic thesaurus can be developed for each member state.

The European Women's Thesaurus is a professional tool for indexing and retrieving women's information in databases, on Internet and in the collections of libraries, documentation centres and archives.

There are at least two possible approaches to collecting information on women and women's studies: information on women and women's studies can be included in a separate women's collection, or general collections can be expanded and adapted by integrating the women's studies approach into the individual disciplines. These two approaches have consequences for subject indexing and retrieval. The European Women's Thesaurus uses the first approach: developing a subject indexing and retrieval system meant primarily for the collections of women's databases, libraries and documentation centres. With the Thesaurus mainstream libraries now have a resource on hand for incorporating new perceptions on women's issues into their own indexing systems.

For an efficient use of Internet it is also of the utmost importance that catalogues and databases can be indexed and accessed using a common European Women's Thesaurus.


Elena Kasumova, Sergey Kondratjev ,Solmaz Iskenderova. ACTUAL INFORMATION RESOURCES OF THE GENDER

Baku, «Adiloglu», 2003, 263 p.


The Azerbaijan Gender Information Centre under the support of Open Society - Azerbaijan in frameworks WNP represents the book "ACTUAL INFORMATION RESOURCES OF THE GENDER". The center brings to attention of the public the most significant world information resources in the field of a gender.




Elena Kasumova, Sergey Kondratjev ,Solmaz Iskenderova. SEARCH OF GENDER INFORMATION RESOURCES IN THE INTERNET


Baku,, «TS», 2002, 68 ñ.


The Azerbaijan Gender Information Ñentre under the support of Fund ISAR-USAID has prepared the manua} revealing technology of search of gender problems in the Internet. The manual focuses on a way of selection of key words in wide and narrow sense of a words.




Baku, «TS», 2002, 83p.


The Azerbaijan Gender Information Centre under the support of Open Society - Azerbaijan in frameworks WNP represents the book " Actual Information Resources of Gender Problems in a Network of the Internet"/ In the book it is considered cyberfeminism and its primary goals. Such as to create a network between the women responsible for decision-making, or using the big influence at formation of public opinion, to develop female leadership and economic independence of women, to advance ideas and strategy of changes for female development, to provide natural and positive laws of women, to provide a successful approach of women to mass-media.




Baku, «TS», 2002, 74 p.


The Azerbaijan Gender Information Centre under the support of Open Society - Azerbaijan in frameworks WNP represents the book "Actual Information Resources of Gender Problems of Ecology". In the book it is submitted Ecofeminizm as movement for equality of women in sphere of protection of the ecological environment. Four currents of Ecofeminism are analyzed: Ecofeminism, Invairomental Ecofeminism, Radical Ecofeminism, Functional Ecofeminism Liberal



Elena Kasumova, Sergey Kondratjev ,Solmaz Iskenderova. THE GENDER IN THE AZERBAIJAN PERIODICAL PRESS. An annotated bibliographic index 2000-2002


ISBN 9952-8021-1-0


Baku, «Yeni nesil », 2003, 680 p.


The Azerbaijan Gender Information Centre under the support of Open Society - Azerbaijan in frameworks WNP represents the Gender Bibliographic index of periodicals first on posttotalitarian space. The index has also the virtual analogue in a site (www.gender-az.org). The site contains also the virtual text-through articles 2004-2005, 2006-2007 articles are submitted in news. The articles of 2000-2002 are kept on CD in the Center.


AGIC promotes creating the history of civil society and those initiations by studying womanవblic 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 women಩ghts. The information collected here will serve also as a supporting material for teachers, historians and researchers working in the sphere of woman࡮d gender problems. They will get an opportunity of using these unique documents as historical references, visual and oral evidences.


The European WomenԨesaurus is the tool for definition and search of the "female" information in databanks, the Internet and the collection of women଩braries, the documentary centers and archives. The European WomenԨesaurus 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:㴡te agencies, National parliament, Business sector, Mass media outlets, 鮴ernational organizations, functioning in Azerbaijan, Funding institutions, functioning in Azerbaijan,鰬omatic corps, functioning in Azerbaijan, the individual actors (individual feminists, writers and poets, artists, scientific women಩ghts lawyers). Attention! The directory is connected by links to databases of women·Os (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 women·Os includes the registered and unregistered organizations, womenঠgroups. Attention! There arenలactically 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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