The third WID/GAD gender training with World of Women Social Union was held on Saturday, May 12th in Khachmaz. Peace Corps Volunteer Kelsey McShane’s organization, International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), hosted the main event.
This training was smaller and more personal with a total of 10 participants between the ages of 17 and 31, as well as six non-WID/GAD committee PCVs and three Peace Corps staff members. The training was conducted by Gunay Gasimova and Gulshan Yunisova, with the assistance of Aysel Aliyeva.
The IREX training participants were individuals who already had a base of knowledge regarding gender issues and the state of gender in Azerbaijan. Gunay and Gulshan addressed this and encouraged the attendees to use the information presented to conduct similar trainings in their community.
In addition to the presentation at IREX, World of Women also conducted a training at Lira Young Talent Society, PCV Lannea Russell’s organization. Twenty women aged 16-43 were in attendance, most of whom had never discussed the term gender. One of the main topics covered was domestic violence; something that is usually concealed within families. After the training, Lannea received feedback from the participants. One woman said that all of her thoughts were changed because of the presentation. Another stated that it was important to talk about domestic violence since no one ever discusses it in Azerbaijani society. The women were informed about resources available and were given contact information for the World of Women trainers in order to continue communication. In addition, the PowerPoint presentation and videos used for the gender trainings are now available on computers in the centers, so the participants can access and use this information in the future.
Special thanks to the Khachmaz Peace Corps Volunteers, Rashad Askerbeyli – Coordinator for the IREX center, and Fargani Aliyev – Director of the Education, Leadership, and Development Center.