The goal of this study has been to examine the factors influencing women’s participation in the private sector economy and to support the efforts of the national government, private sector actors and civil society organisations (CSOs) working to promote women’s economic empowerment. Its objectives are to identify and analyse gender-specific barriers that hinder women in pursuing business opportunities, securing decent jobs and building successful careers in the private sector. The study also examines gender-specific factors affecting the involvement of men in the private sector economy. Finally, the report explores factors which facilitate the successful engagement of both women and men in private sector operations. In accordance with the findings, the report finishes by offering a series of recommendations for strengthening progress towards the equal participation and opportunities of both genders in the private sector economy. Data for the study was collected through a series of focus-group discussions (FGDs) and key informant interviews (KIIs) in Baku, Khazar, Quba, Saatli, Shaki, Lankaran and Qabala.
In addition to the full report, an interactive infographic is also available here for more visual insghts on the recommendations and conclusions of the study.
Our joint partnership project with the European Union on ‘Enabling civil society to play a greater role in advancing gender equality and women rights’ was nominated to be showcased at this year’s edition of the European Development Days #EDD18 and was the only project representing Azerbaijan at this high-level event on 5-6 June 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. Often referred to as the ‘Davos of Development’, this prominent international forum is organised by the European Commission in the quest to bring the development community together and offer a hands-on platform for knowledge sharing and exploring partnership opportunities and innovative solutions to global development challenges. This year, EDD featured an overarching theme of 'Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest'. Leyla Fathi from UNDP Azerbaijan was representing the project at EDD, under the 'Women/Girls and Economy' category. #SheisWe #shEDDs Global
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