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In this section the gender researches are presented. The researches have been realized by the Azerbaijan authors with 1998 on present time




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UZBEKISTAN - CASE AGAINST RIGHTS PHOTOGRAPHER-JOURNALIST UMIDA


Rights groups ridicule suggestions that Umida Ahmedova's images libel Uzbek nation as a whole.

By IWPR staff in Central Asia (RCA No. 601, 22-Jan-10)

Police in Uzbekistan are compiling an unusual criminal case against one of the country's leading photographers, Umida Ahmedova. The charge is defamation, and the insulted party is the population of Uzbekistan.

IWPR has learned that Ahmedova was required to sign an undertaking not to leave the country by a police investigator on January 13. A month earlier, she was charged with defamation and with harming Uzbekistan's reputation, RFE/RL radio reported.

The case against her is based on two articles of the criminal code, carrying penalties of up to six months in jail.

The substance of the alleged defamation differs from any run-of-the-mill libel case - it is said to be not against any individual, but against the Uzbek nation as a whole. Nor is it based on statements made by Ahmedova; instead, the charges derive from visual images of life in the countryside, which have been deemed too negative.

Police investigator Komil Akbarov has released a document containing the joint findings of the Centre for Mass Communications Monitoring and a group of experts including a religious affairs analyst and two psychologists, whom the authorities tasked with assessing Ahmedova's photographic and documentary film work.

They wrote the report after studying a published collection of Ahmedova's photographs called "Women and Men from Dawn to Dusk", and two documentaries that she co-authored called "The Burden Of Virginity" and "Women and Men in Custom and Ritual".

Censors and experts agreed that the material contained "unscientific, unfounded and inappropriate commentaries containing a hidden subtext intended to discredit the principles and customs of the [Uzbek] nation".

"The Burden of Virginity", which can be seen here, deals with the tradition that young women must maintain chastity until marriage, and showed the story of a girl driven from the bridegroom's home in shame. The film was funded by the Swiss embassy in Tashkent and released in May 2009.

"Dissemination of this film does great damage to the spiritual values of Uzbekistan," said the official report. "It does not correspond to ideological requirements."

The other documentary and Ahmedova's book of photos showed how people live in remote parts of Uzbekistan. Her depiction of reality offended both censors and experts, who concluded, "Ninety per cent of the photos in the album were taken in remote, backward villages and the authors aimed to show the tough side of life. Umida Ahmedova's lens does not capture beautiful places, modern buildings and prosperous villages."

Ahmedova says the charges are so lacking in substance that it would rebound on the authorities if they put her on trial.

"I'm hoping the case will collapse as it has no foundation whatsoever," she said. "These expert findings amount to nothing at all. I'm counting on them to have the common sense not to take this to a trial which would evoke a furious response and bring down still greater shame on them."

Surat Ikramov, who heads the Initiative Group of Independent Human Rights Defenders in Uzbekistan, praises Ahmedova for portraying life as people live it.

"This is documentary photography," he said. "It's the creative approach of an individual, in this case a photojournalist."

Ikramov believes the fact that such a prosecution could be envisaged at all reflects badly on the authorities.

"It's absurd and comical," he said. "They should be ashamed of themselves. I believe the entire world is going to be laughing at this."

Yelena Urlaeva of the Human Rights Alliance of Uzbekistan says the authorities are pursuing the case because they do not want wider public awareness of social conditions and problems in the country.

"The authorities are afraid that her photographs show that poverty is rife in Uzbekistan, that people are in need, that there is no welfare provision for them, ruined homes and thin children. All of that shows the regime up," she said.

KavKazia, an international coalition of journalists, has written to the Uzbek authorities urging them to cease the persecution of Ahmedova immediately. The letter was signed by journalists and TV reporters from the Caucasus, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakstan, Denmark and Germany. In its annual report, entitled "Freedom in the World 2010: Global Erosion of Freedom", the United States-based watchdog Freedom House listed Uzbekistan among the nine least free countries worldwide. Reporters Without Borders also ranked the country among the world's most repressive states with regard to press freedom.

 

http://www.iwpr.net/?p=rca&s=f&o=359471&apc_state=henh

 

VIRTUAL MUSEIM

AGIC promotes creating the history of civil society and those initiations by studying womans public activity in the end of XIX - the beginning of XX centuries. The collection of the visual evidences and oral reminiscences allows not only to recalled the events, become utterly absorbed in the atmosphere that reigned at that time but also to comprehend, understand how and what efforts were demanded for establishing of Caucasus womens rights. The information collected here will serve also as a supporting material for teachers, historians and researchers working in the sphere of womans and gender problems. They will get an opportunity of using these unique documents as historical references, visual and oral evidences.




EUROPEAN WOMENS THESAURUS

The European Womens Thesaurus is the tool for definition and search of the "female" information in databanks, the Internet and the collection of womens libraries, the documentary centers and archives. The European Womens Thesaurus contains 2087 European terms.

In the Azerbaijan version of the Thesaurus are brought 589 terms reflecting sociopolitical realities of the Azerbaijan society, national and Islamic culture.




GENDER DIRECTORY

is the data-base of all the national actors involved in women's and gender issues work. The data base supposes to include the gender focal points: State agencies, National parliament, Business sector, Mass media outlets, International organizations, functioning in Azerbaijan, Funding institutions, functioning in Azerbaijan,Diplomatic corps, functioning in Azerbaijan, the individual actors (individual feminists, writers and poets, artists, scientific womens rights lawyers). Attention! The directory is connected by links to databases of womens NGOs (both registered and non-registered), NGOs carrying out gender projects, researchers and teachers.




AZERBAIJAN STATE COMMITTEE ON FAMILY, WOMAN AND CHILD PROBLEMS

In Azerbaijan by initiative of the President Ilham Aliev in accordance with Presidential Decree dated by 6 of February 2006 State Committee on Family, Women and Children issues has been established. Chairwoman of the Committee is Mrs. Khidjran Guseynova. She is the professor of the Baku State University and the first woman- the doctor of political sciences in Azerbaijan




THE NATIONAL DOCUMENTS

The section presents the international documents on achievement of equality between men and women and protection of human rights for women.




THE INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTS

The section presents the international documents on achievement of equality between men and women and protection of human rights for women.




DATABASE OF WOMEN'S NGO

The database base of womens NGOs includes the registered and unregistered organizations, womens f groups. Attention! There arent practically precisely profile NGOs in Azerbaijan. For completeness of the information search is recommended to realize by several key words




DATABASE OF NGOS, CARRYING OUT GENDER PROJECTS

The database represents the information about the international and national projects on gender problems for the period 1998-2007. Search is carried out both by thematic key words and under names of NGOs






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