Kvinna till Kvinna in Azerbaijan
Why we work in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan and Armenia are embroiled in conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Because of it, over half a million people are internally displaced in Azerbaijan, often living under challenging circumstances. A ceasefire was negotiated in 1994, but no lasting peace has been reached. Peace talks so far have almost entirely excluded women.
Being a women’s rights activist in Azerbaijan is extremely difficult and even dangerous. The regime severely curtails freedom of expression, disrespects human rights and imprisons overly outspoken activists. Simply registering an NGO is hard; receiving foreign support nearly impossible.
The country struggles with femicide (selective abortion of female fetuses), forced marriage and increasing instances of child marriage. Violence against women is a major problem, especially in communities affected by conflict. Victims have very little recourse to help and few dare to report.
In theory, Azerbaijan has adopted several women’s rights laws. In reality, these have not been implemented and little information is available to the public.
How we support women in Azerbaijan
Together with the activists we support in Azerbaijan, we:
- increase participation of women in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process
- promote peacebuilding and support IDPs affected by the conflict
- train young women for future roles in peacebuilding and conflict resolution
- lobby for the implementation of women’s rights laws
- combat trafficking of women and children
- encourage political participation of women
- prevent gender-based violence and lobby for better support for victims
- promote peace journalism and nuanced reporting