The Parliament Magazine has praised the Azerbaijani government`s efforts to ensure women’s rights and gender equality as the League of International Women’s Rights published the results of its recent fact-finding mission to the country.
“Azerbaijan, the only Muslim country of the Eastern neighbourhood, is a unique country, in that it has introduced many positive initiatives for women’s rights and gender equality in the span of only a few years,” said the report drawn up by Anne-Marie Lizin, International Coordinator of the League of International Women’s Rights, Honorary President of the Belgian Senate, Patricia Lalonde, French expert, President of MEWA association that supports women in the Arab countries (France), and Reine Marcelis, Belgian expert, President of Synergie-Wallonie for the equality between men and women (Belgium).
“These initiatives include: Legal reforms in order to maintain the
gender equality as well as initiatives in order to ensure the active participation of women in socio-economic and political life;
Measures to maintain women’s employment and financial independence; The fight against early marriages through the implementation of the necessary legal changes and the active involvement of the state institutions, NGOs and religious figures;
The fight against domestic violence through the implementation of the necessary legal changes, shelters and awareness raising campaigns in society; The fight to change the mentalities through projects, campaigns and trainings; The active role of the SCFWC (the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs) and its chairwoman at national and international level; The support of the CSSN (the Council on State Support to NGOs) to women’s NGOs and initiatives; Regional actions of SCFWC in order to reach out areas far from the capital; The collaboration with European and international organisations; The appointment of women deputy governors and training future women leaders in the administration of the State as a result of the administrative reform.”
The report says: “We believe that the progress in Azerbaijan in terms of women’s rights is truly impressive. Further progress is of course needed in a number of areas but the commitment of the country as well as the women themselves, who are highly active in society certainly offer positive prospects for the future.”
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