Azerbaijani women in politics, governance and decision-making

2007-04-14 07:01:00

There are no legal restrictions on women's participation in politics; however, they are underrepresented in elective offices, since traditional social norms restrict women's roles in politics. The practice known of family voting, where men often cast the votes of their wives and other female members of their families exists but is declining in the country. There are 11 female Members of Parliament and 2 women with ministerial rank (Country Report on Human Rights Practices: Azerbaijan). The chief justice of Azerbaijan's supreme court is a woman. Women's activist Novella Jafarova comments that most women enter public life through nongovernmental organizations, or NGOs because some women deemed politics is too dangerous for women in this country. In NGOs, women are more welcome. In Baku alone, dozens of women's NGOs have sprung up, and they are making an effort to enforce government policy. Women nominally enjoy the same legal rights as men, including the right to participate in all aspects of economic and social life; however, societal discrimination is a problem. In general women have extensive opportunities for education and work. However, traditional social norms continue to restrict women's roles in the economy. Representation of women is sharply lower in higher levels of the work force. There are few women in executive positions in leading economic enterprises. More on the status of women in Azerbaijan from this report, follow this link:http://www.onlinewomeninpolitics.org/womensit/az-w-sit.pdf.   Or read this article by "Women in Political Leadership" by Ellada Khankishiyeva: http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:uMLZpupe_hEJ:www.olmcm.org/dbData/Resources/Women%2520In%2520Political% 2520Leadership.pdf+azerbaijani+women+problems&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=8   Feminism in Azerbaijan Introduction Women in Azerbaijan by Ulviya T. Mikailova [Copyright 1999 Ulviya T. Mikailova.] an (among 71 members and 66 candi... Devamı

National Legislative Basis of the Implementation of Gender Polic

2007-04-14 06:58:00

National Legislative Basis of the Implementation of Gender Policy in Azerbaijan     Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan of 14 January 1998 "On establishing of the State Committee for Women's Issues of the Republic of Azerbaijan". The main goals and tasks of the Committee are protection of women's rights, promotion of participation of women in social and political life of the country.      Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan of 6 March 2000 "On implementation of the state women policy in the Republic of Azerbaijan". This act envisages the insurance of equal representation of women and men in all state structures of the Republic; providing the employment of refugee and internally displaced women by preparing the relevant state program; changing the legislation with taking into account the gender aspects.      The Decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan of 6 March 2000 "On National Plan of Action on women's issues of the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2000-2005". The National Plan of Action was elaborated on the basis of Beijing Strategies with taking into consideration the national priorities. The parts of the National Plan of Action cover following issues:      Women and economics      Women and education      Women and health      Women and violence      Women and armed conflicts      Refugee and IDP women      Women and mass media      Women and Environment      The girl child      Participation of women in state structures and in decision-making      Development of contacts with international women's organizations      The... Devamı

ARMENIAN-AZERBAIJAN CONFLICT

2007-04-14 06:50:00

Karabakh is a region of Azerbaijan which has been under the occupation of Armenia since the war broke out between the two states in 1988-1994. Around 30,000 people have been killed and one million Azerbaijanis have become refugees in their own homeland. Today the negotiations are being held, albeit with no result. We hope that soon all occupied territories will be freed from the Armenian occupation and wait eagerly for the day when the refugees will return to their homeland who now live in miserable conditions, in wagons and camps.   Historical  Aspects Throughout the known history the region of Karabakh has been part of the Caucasian Albania and later of different Turkic states. From 4th century B.C. to 8th century A.D. the territory of Karabakh was one of the provinces of Caucasian Albania called Artsakh (an Albanian name meaning manly Saks). After the fall of the independent Albanian state, of Sajids, in 10th centuryto the state of Salarids, and in 11-12th centuries - to the state of Sheddadids.During 12-13th centuries Karabakh constituted part of the Atabey-Ildenizids state, in the second half of 13th century - beginning of 15th century, during the existence of the Mongolian Khulagouid state - part of the Jalairids' state. In the 15th century it existed within the states of Garagoyunlu and Aghgayunlu, and during 16th and 17th centuries Karabakh, as a part of the Karabakh beylerbeyyat (duchy), was within the Sefevi state. The latter consisted of 4 beylerbeyyats: Shirvani, Karabakhi (also known as Ganja), Chukhursaadi (or Erivan) and Azerbaijani (or Tebriz). Karabakh, being a part of the Karabakhi beylerbeyyat, was ruled by the representatives of the Turkic Zyiadoglu tribe, subordinated to Qajars from 16th till 19th century. In the second half of the 18th century Karabakh belonged to the Karabakh khanate (principality) and along with the latter was incorporated into Russia. In 1918-20 it was part of the independent Azerbaijan and later in 1924 un... Devamı

HUNDREDS OF AZERBAIJANIS ARE STILL IN CAPTIVITY IN ARMENIA AND K

2007-04-14 06:48:00

2-, 2003 - 26: 2 "VX" POISON GAS WAS ALSO USED IN KHOJALY   25.02.2003. February 26 is 11th anniversary of Khojaly genocide. New facts are revealed year by year as the scope of the tragedy was very wide. The politologist Rovshan Novruzoglu's investigations show that Armenian executioners didn't only cut off heads of innocent people, they also used "VX" poison gas in this city that they turned to testing ground. Besides it, hundreds of Azerbaijanis are still in captivity in prison camps in Armenia and in our occupied territories. R.Novruzoglu informed "OLAYLAR" NA that Lebanese intelligencer, colonel Khalil Al-Fares and his "Mobile unit" was engaged in arm, women, infant trafficking, buy and sale of Azerbaijani prisoners in the territory of Karabakh of Azerbaijan undergoing Armenian terror:"For example, on April 19, 2001 head of Armenian diaspora in Lebanon, Catholicos of Armenian church I Aram points out in his interview with press that he always advised Armenian army-"National Armenian army liberating Karabakh" that they must treat well with prisoners. Probably, some captured Azerbaijan children will turn away from Islam. We accept them, as well as I advised Armenian churches in Iran, Europe and America to do so. Open all doors to Azerbaijani children". ("Ararat" newspaper. June 12, 2001, Beirut). According to our investigations, 19 captured Azerbaijani children were taken to Armenian church in Lebanon under the name of Karabakh Armenians. For instance, "Usurushana" public TV of Tadzhikistan states in the programme "Your secret" that there are a lot of Azeri children in Beirut (Lebanon), Isfahan (Iran), Paris and Marseilles (France) captured in Karabakh war in winter of 1992. According to the information, 18 children under 5-6 age were brought to Armenian church in Beirut taken prisoner from Azerbaijani families. ("Nijat" newspaper, 2000, NO 9. Dushanba). Then "Usurushana" TV informs that "Foundation" in Yerevan played special role in selling captur... Devamı

Prisoners of war, hostages and missing persons

2007-04-14 06:45:00

  Prisoners of war, hostages and missing persons   The State Commission of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing People registered 4499 missing citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan. There are 52 children, 284 women and 381 elderly ones among them (on 1.03.2007).1390 Azerbaijan citizens were released from Armenian captivity in 1988-2007. There are 167 children, 342 women and 289 elderly ones among them (on 1.03.2007).According to the well-founded information we possess on our side, one part of 4499 missing Azerbaijan citizens are remaining in the Armenian captivity at the moment, this fact is still hidden by the Armenian party from international organizations, including the ICRC. The list of these persons has been compiled on the grounds of testimonies of those released from Armenian captivity, as well as through.The international organizations such ICRC, International Working Group for the release of the Prisoners of war, Hostages and Missing Persons comprising human right activists from Germany, Russia, and Georgia confirmed the fact of concealment of information pertaining to captivity and further destiny of part of these people.Based on the information we possess, while in the Armenian captivity the majority of these people were either killed, or died from tortures and diseases, whereas the rest of them are being currently kept in penal servitude.   For more information, please, visit the following wesite:http://www.human.gov.az/?sehife=etrafli&dil=en&sid=MTYzMjAzMTEyNDM2NDcyMw==... Devamı