National Conference – The Current Situation in Ensuring Women Empowerment and Equality Law in Azerbaijan, Problems and Solutions

On February 12 a conference in the topic of “The Current Situation in Ensuring Women Empowerment and Equality Law  in Azerbaijan, Problems and Solutions” in Baku. The conference was organized within the program supported by the  European Union and implemented by the expert group of Democracy Monitor Public Union and United Nations Development Program.  Up to 50 participants attended the conference representing state entities, parliament, civil society, media and private sector.

Fuad Hasanov, the chairman of Democracy Monitor and the chief consultant of the UN Development Program made a presentation about the project called Enhanced Civil Society Support for Promoting Gender Equality through Legal Framework and Women Social-Economic Empowerment in Remote Regions of Azerbaijan” and the activities carried out within the project.

Within the project of “Enhanced Civil Society Support for Promoting Gender Equality through Legal Framework and Women Social-Economic Empowerment in Remote Regions of Azerbaijan” firstly two baseline study carried out and needs assessment report developed about the current state of women socio-economic empowerment, non-discrimination and equality law especially in the regions, that includes gender aspects of national and international legisaltion, researchs the problems and the solutions, makes proposals and recommendations to the state entities and the other stakeholders.

Fuad Hasanov mentioned that 11 capacity-building training-workshops were conducted in Baku and 11 regions of the country and included the sub-themes “Women entrepreneurship: the pahases of the business prosess”, “Development o women entrepreneurship: access to financial resources and participation in the labor market”, “Networking, communication and effective use of ICT technologies”, “Women participation in the desicion-making process : national and local level ”, “Women participation in decision-maing process: opportunities for participation increase ”, “Public advocacy and lobbying”, “Effective advocacy strategies ”, “Non-discrimination and equality law”. The training-workshops were organized in Mingachevir, Lankaran, and Baku. More than 110 socially active women, civil society activist, businesswomen, medical and educational system employee, municipality member, media representative, housewife and students from  Baku, Ganja, Mingachevir, Yevlakh, Oghuz, Shaki, Balakan, Lankaran, Masallı, Lerik, Jalilabad, Yardımlı, Astara attended the training-workshops and presented the group works.

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