Yevlakh

The first WID/GAD gender training with World of Women Social Union was an overwhelming success!  This project was first proposed in early fall 2011, and after many months of planning and fundraising, we have finally completed our first training in the city of Yevlakh in central Azerbaijan.

The training took place on Saturday, March 31st and was attended by 24 students between the ages of 13 and 23 as well as three non-WID/GAD Committee PCVs.

It was conducted by Gunay Gasimova and Gulshan Yunisova with the assistance of Gunay’s older sister, Vafa.

From the moment the workshop began, the three women captivated the entire audience. The training was three intensive hours of engrossing dialogue between the students and trainers. Topics discussed ranged from: defining gender to gender equality, the differences between gender and sex, gender and family, gender and society, gender stereotypes, gender problems, gender in Azerbaijan, and finally, solutions to gender inequality. The training included short videos and interactive activities.

Thank you to the students and facilitators in Yevlakh for helping to organize and prepare for the training.

Also, thank you again and again to everyone back home who made this project possible through generous financial contributions.

WID/GAD Committee Members and World of Women Trainers

Training of Trainers

The WID/GAD Committee held a Training of Trainers (ToT) with World of Women Public Union on Saturday, January 28th at the Peace Corps office.  In addition to the dedicated members of World of Women and a local journalist, WID/GAD was also joined by our new staff representative, Training Manager Khayal, as well as Youth Development Program Manager Sevinj and TEFL Program Manager Shahla.  Our latest project includes a series of six gender trainings to be held this spring in Yevlakh, Ganja, Bilasuvar, Ismayilli, Khachmaz, and Balaken.  The entire project will be funded by our Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP) grant and the generous in-kind contributions from World of Women and PCV resources at site.  

At the ToT, we discussed presentation technique, cultural sensitivity, legitimate sources of information, interactive activities, and logistics.  It was a long but incredibly productive and enlightening day, and we all learned a lot from one another.  The result of WID/GAD and World of Women’s hard work is a culturally sensitive training that will address the current state of gender in Azerbaijan, foster ideas of gender equality, prepare the younger generation for a life free of female marginalization, and stimulate the creation of a more open-minded society.  Additionally, this project will create the opportunity for networking and communication between the Baku-based World of Women Public Union and smaller community-based organizations throughout the regions of Azerbaijan.
We are excited for trainings to begin and anticipate that this project is the first of many great things to come!

Gender Trainings Grant

Salam from Azerbaijan!

The WID/GAD Committee aims to enhance equality in all sectors of Azerbaijani society and encourage effective and sustainable gender-inclusive projects conducive to the respective needs and circumstances of individual communities.  We are constantly working to develop materials and programs to endorse gender issue awareness countrywide.

All wealth and development efforts in Azerbaijan are focused in the capital of Baku.  In the remote regions of the country, there is a tangible gender division in which the majority of families uphold stereotypical roles; men working outside of the home while women fulfill household duties.  This drastically limits women’s opportunities financially, professionally, and socially.  These ideals are passed from generation to generation, to the detriment of girls’ role in society.  The marginalization of the Azeri female population lies at the heart of many issues in Azerbaijan such as human trafficking, insufficient level of women’s education, and sexually transmitted diseases.  In order to begin to battle these issues, we must start from the ground level in the regions of Azerbaijan, focusing on gender equality education.

For our latest project, the WID/GAD Committee has formed a partnership with World of Women Social Union, which has extensive experience in promoting gender equality in Azerbaijan.  World of Women is based in Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital city, the center of most development initiatives.  Peace Corps Volunteers are not based in Baku, but rather spend the length of their service in remote regions throughout the country.  We believe that the WID/GAD Committee’s capacity for mobilization combined with World of Women’s expertise will create an extremely valuable opportunity for exposing diverse communities throughout Azerbaijan to gender issue awareness and education.

Two experienced trainers from World of Women will work together with WID/GAD Committee members in conducting six gender trainings over a six-month period throughout various regions of Azerbaijan.   Beforehand, WID/GAD will conduct a “Training of Trainers” with World of Women in order to ensure the training’s coherence, sustainability, effectiveness, and relevance.  The goals of these regional trainings are to foster ideas of gender equality among Azerbaijani community members, prepare the younger generation for a life free of female marginalization, and stimulate the creation of a more open-minded society.  Additionally, this project will create the opportunity for networking and communication between Baku-based organizations and smaller community-based organizations throughout the country.

World of Women Social Union will generously contribute their time to the project.  However, in order for these trainings to come to fruition, we also need some additional support. If you or anyone you know are interested in contributing, please visit our online donation website at:

https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=donate.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=314-089

This project has the potential to positively impact the lives of Azerbaijani women, men, and youth for years to come.  Thank you for taking the time to read about our efforts and for your support.