Azerbaijan: Project launched to increase civil society’s role in advancing gender equality and women’s rights

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The Project Inception Ceremony was held to launch the project on “Enabling civil society to play a greater role in advancing gender equality and women’s rights”. The project aims to increase the role of the civil society in advancing women’s rights and promote rural women’s economic and social participation.  Representatives of government agencies, diplomatic corps, civil society and media took part at the ceremony.

The two-year project will be jointly implemented by the United Nations Development Programme, State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs, and Women’s Association for Rational Development. The project is funded by the European Union and UNDP, with a total budget of 444 000 euro.

The new project is based on UNDP’s past experience with promoting rural women’s economic and social participation, and will focus on Sabirabad, Neftchala, Bilasuvar and Baku regions. The  project will support the implementation of the CEDAW Convention by assisting women in selected regions of Azerbaijan to become economically and socially active and empowered. The project’s target group will be rural women, youth, local communities, and NGOs dedicated to women’s rights.

The project team will work closely with the government and civil society organizations to provide capacity building for NGOs on national commitments to CEDAW; capacity building for Women Resource Centres; trainings for women in social participation and entrepreneurial skills; and support for women’s business start-ups.

Contact Information: Ruslan Ismayil-zada, Communications Officer,