The fifth WID/GAD gender training with World of Women Social Union took place on Sunday, June 10th in Sheki.  This session kicked off the “First Stride Women’s Leadership Camp” which was held by G.E.M.I. (Youth and Scientific Cultural Public Union).  There were 29 participants, and G.E.M.I. is planning to invite the trainers back in August in order to continue presenting on gender awareness and development.  Special thanks to PCV Amanda Zeidan who reached out to WID/GAD in order to arrange this training in Sheki.





The fourth WID/GAD gender training with World of Women Social Union was held on Saturday, May 19th in Ismayilli.  This event was the largest so far with 62 attendees including children from each of the six schools in Ismayilli, students from Bujag village in Oguz region, and five PCV counterparts.  For the majority of participants, this was their first exposure to gender awareness.  The training was a huge success and only the beginning of gender development efforts in Ismayilli!

62 participants!

Interactive games


The second WID/GAD gender training with World of Women Social Union was, yet again, a huge success!  This particular training was completed on Saturday, April 14th in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan’s second largest city.  Peace Corps Volunteer Brad Kessler’s organization, Bridge to the Future (BF), hosted the event. The presentation was held in association with BF’s own youth leadership academy training series, a project funded by the National Democratic Institute.

A total of 43 students between the ages of 17 and 25 were in attendance as well as 4 non-WID/GAD committee PCVs and a number of Azerbaijani staff from BF.  The training 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 once again captured the attention of their audience. The event was three hours long and topics discussed were similar to those from the Yevlakh training including: gender equality, the differences between gender and sex, gender and family, gender and society, gender stereotypes, and gender in Azerbaijan.  However, the trainers worked hard to adjust the presentation in order to be appropriate and beneficial for the older and more experienced audience.

The training was so successful that the three women were invited to give a second training the following morning to another group of university students!

Special thanks go out to Brad Kessler, Orxan Abbassov, and their organization, Bridge to Future, for hosting the event and including us in the wonderful work they are already doing.  It is an honor to be related to such a great program and organization.  Also, thank you to the animated students of Ganja for attending and engaging in the training with such energy and passion!