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Research papers, case studies, situationers and other documents on Azerbaijan women, their rights and their involvement in politics, governance and decision-making

A limited legacy (2000)
In 1991, Dilara Aliyeva, Azerbaijan's most prominent female politician who had been elected to the parliament a year before, was killed in a tragic car accident, the causes of which remain mysterious. She was 61. Today, women's organizations and even a street in Baku are named in honor of this Georgia-born philologist who founded the democratic Azerbaijan Popular Party (APP). But her legacy of getting women into politics remains limited. While Azeri women are represented in science and arts, few have managed to break into politics. There are only 12 women in the 123-member parliament, five among 50 in the cabinet -- one of them is Minister of Justice -- and one woman who heads a political party. BACK TO TOP

Azerbaijani women driven to prostitution (2000)
The Baku government's failure to improve social and economic conditions for women has forced many of them to turn to prostitution. Read more from this report from Baku. BACK TO TOP

Feminism in Azerbaijan (1999)
By granting important but not key posts to women in the party and Soviet administrative bodies, the illusion of women's participation in the political life of the country was created. This illusion was dispelled quickly after the collapse of the Soviet system. In the beginning of 1991, women made up about 40% of the Supreme Soviet of the Azerbaijan Republic: in 1992 they were only 6%. After the last elections (1995) the ratio was 12%, which testifies to the positive dynamics of the present situation and raises hopes for future gender equality. The major factors, which promoted this trend and are continuing to influence women's push for political equality, are the Resolutions of the 4th World Women's Conference (Beijing 1995). BACK TO TOP

Azerbaijan: Report to treaty bodies (1998)
Azerbaijan's initial report (CEDAW/C/AZE/1, September 1996), which was prepared by the government contains general information on the land and people, the effects of the conflict with Armenia, the general political framework, and the general legislative framework related to human rights. Read on. BACK TO TOP

Women and Settlements (1996)
Despite progress for women's equality during the Soviet period, women are still viewed in Azerbaijan society mainly as house wives. Consequently, much of women's activities still take place at home and therefore, with women constituting more than half the Azerbaijan population (women made up 50.8 % of the population of Azerbaijan in 1995), the settlement environment for women cannot be ignored. The settlement environment is not just a physical set-up but also a social, political and legislative environment, which is also explored briefly in this report. BACK TO TOP

1996 Azerbaijan report regarding CEDAW
In accordance with the overall guidelines prepared by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, this report contains general information about the Republic of Azerbaijan and about human rights measures, the situation of women, and the consequences of the aggression by the Republic of Armenia against Azerbaijan. BACK TO TOP

Relevant links:
CEDAW concluding comments (1998)
High maternal mortality rates, privatization of health-care sector among issues addressed by experts on Azerbaijan report
Efforts to elevate status of women in Azerbaijan not satisfactory because of post-war problems, anti-discrimination committee told