Women in the private sector: opportunities and challenges
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.
 Based on the ILO’s definition, decent work is understood as “work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organise and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men.”. See: http://www.ilo.org/global/topics/decent-work/lang--en/index.htm