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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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AZERBAIJAN - FEARS FOR UNSCHOOLED GIRLS' FUTURES


2011053102_120_01Many parents take girls out of school as for early marriage.

Politicians in Azerbaijan are worried that poverty and prejudices are forcing young women to miss out on education, thus limiting their future opportunities.

In Soviet times, Azerbaijani women had the same access to university as men but since independence in 1991, experts say discrimination has returned.

Kebuter Qasimova, was top of her class at school in the village of Shingedulan and dreamed of studying law in Baku. Her mother, however, could not afford to support her and, when she was just 16, gave her away in marriage to a man 12 years her senior.

"We lost my father early on," Qasimova said. "My mother was left with six children to cope with. I was the oldest, and she gave me away when I was young so as to make her life easier," she said.

Now aged 29 with four children, Qasimova says her husband beats and abuses her and drinks too much, yet she has no choice but to put up with it.

"It's good for a woman to be educated and have a job," she said. "Women like that are autonomous, they don't depend on anyone, and they aren't forced to tolerate abuse from their husband for the sake of a bit of bread. It's sad my mother didn't understand that."

There is concern at rising drop-out rates among adolescent girls, which cut short any hope that they could go on to further education or a good job.

Early last year, Azerbaijan's parliament passed a new education law underlining the mandatory need for everyone to complete nine years of schools education, but education experts say that is only half the battle.

Take the case of Aynur Ahmadova, from the village of Hemyeli in Shemakhi district, who stopped attending school regularly after five years. Now 22, she can only just read and write.

But Ahmadova does have "proof" that she completed her education.

"Everyone knows everyone in the village, so my father got the school head to keep me on the register until the end of year nine, so that I'd get the certificate," she explained. "I was actually looking after the livestock and working on our plot, which took up a lot of time so that I couldn't really go to school at all."

She added, "My father always said girls didn't need learning - they needed to marry and have children. And he married me off as soon as I turned 18."

Experts say there is much less monitoring of school attendance by girls like Ahmadova than there used to be.

"In Soviet times, if a child missed school for a few days it was considered an emergency, and the executive agencies and the education system would into action," Govhar Bakhshaliyeva, director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, recalled. "The reasons for the child's absence would be seriously investigated, and the child would be returned to school. This serious approach is now lacking."

There is a clear link between girls dropping out of school and the rate of early marriage, experts say.

"After the 1930s, women in every province of Azerbaijan, even in the remotest places, were able to free themselves from the fetters of ignorance and lack of education. Azerbaijani women held senior positions and became [parliamentary] deputies," Gultekin Hajiyeva, one of 20 female members of Azerbaijan's parliament, told IWPR.

"Yet now, in the 21st century, we have gone back to our old problems. Once again, girls in the villages aren't being allowed to go to school, and are being married off young. We often hear of girls committing suicide after they're taken out of school by their parents, or given away to a husband. Early marriage is the main reason for girls missing out on education. And something needs to be done about it."

It is hard to gauge the extent of early marriage, since such weddings are often conducted only according to the Muslim rites, and are not officially registered. But some indication is given by figures from the national statistics agency showing that 17,000 children were born out of legal wedlock last year, 3,000 more than in 2009. At least seven out of ten cases involved mothers aged between 16 and 18.

Mark Hereward, head of the Azerbaijan office of the United Nations children's agency UNICEF, says studies by his organisation indicate that one-third of women now aged between 20 and 24 got married before they were 18.

These concerns are confirmed by Sadaqat Qahramanova, deputy head of the government committee that deals with women and children, who said, "The statistics show that early, unofficial marriages are increasing every year.... It means that large numbers of young women who are married off at a young age permanently lose out on their chance of an education. The main responsibility lies with the parents. Girls of 14, 15 or 16 are not ready for marriage. They are just children."

Malahat Ibrahimqizi, a member of parliament and head of the Women Leaders group, is amongst those arguing for new legislation that would force parents to keep their daughters in school.

Deputy education minister Irada Huseynova indicated that the administration would not back such proactive legislation.

"Of course, there are isolated cases where parents won't allow their daughters to complete their secondary education and marry them off. But it isn't a widespread problem," she said. "And in any case, if parents do decide to remove their child from school, we can't do anything about it. We don't have the right to do something that's against their wishes."

Women like Ahmadova fear that attitudes like this will condemn future generations to lose out as she did.

"My whole childhood involved intolerable labour -the chickens, the livestock, the crops, gathering the harvest. And then my teenage years were filled with family [marriage] worries," she said. "Now I won't discover anything in this life. It will just be cooking, housework and children. If only my children - especially my little girl - could study, become real people, and find out about the world."

 

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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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