Azerbaijani Women’s Support Centre

2007-01-08 22:52:00

This web site is devoted to the women of Azerbaijan by the Azerbaijani Women's Support Centre in Canada. Our contact e-mail address is: azerwomensc@yahoo.ca.

 

The Azerbaijani Women’s Support Centre is a non-profit organization targeting to serve the women in Azerbaijani community in Ontario and Canada. It was registered on March 16, 2005, then became a member of the National Council of Women of Canada. The Azerbaijani Women’s Support Centre also co-operates with the Federation of the Canadian Azerbaijani Associations and contributes to its activities as an organizing member organization.

 

The objectives of the Centre are to support women in our community through different activities. We achieve these goals through the counseling, training in gender equality, spiritual and moral support to the distressed women who lost their close ones and are far away from their homeland. We have professionals who managed to achieve the high result from these activities. Besides that, the Centre together with the Federation of Canadian Azerbaijani Associations commemorates the national holidays and important days of Azerbaijan and Canada. Recently, we have published the postal cards in order to protests against the genocide of the Azerbaijanis in different periods of time by Armenians and also against all genocide and ethnic cleansing actions in the world.

 

The Centre also conducts research on the gender policy in Azerbaijan adn Canada. One of the researches was on Khojali women who returned from Armenian captivity. The ethnic cleansing and genocide target women mostly for different purposes. The women suffer from rape in ethnic violence and war. Rape was one of the tools of ethnic cleansing, a way to terrorize the Azerbaijani population and make sure that they did not come back. Rape was also a form of punishment for the Azerbaijanis. By raping their women, the Armenians sought to wound the pride of their opponents and insult their nation. The raped women in Khojali case refused to return back and preferred to die in Armenian captivity. The research involved the interviews of the fourteen survivors of the Khjoali genocide. The findings suggest that the survivors suffer from the deep emotional, psychological and physical problems. They experience loss of hope, self-worth, motivation, or purpose in life, etc. The spiritual caregiver should first pay an attention to survivors may blame themselves for what has happened or feel shameful about being an assault victim. He or she can provide an individual or group care to the survivors who have experienced broadly similar events. However, the group treatment is the most preferable way to provide a care.

Another research was about how to help residents with Parkinson’s disease in the homes for the aged in order to maintain a connection to their past spirituality in order to recall the memories of past faith experiences that evoke a sense of the love of God and their faith community, so that they may be supported to hold on to a spirit of hopefulness and a sense of their own humanity. This research was presented at CAPPE Annual Conference, February 9, 2007, Niagara Falls.

The Centre also offers free translation and interpretation services and counselling.

The Azerbaijani Women’s Support Centre is a member of the NCW and offered different projects to the Council. 

 

 

 

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