Ghulam M. Isaczai's speech at the opening ceremony of the Women Resource Center in BilasuvarDec 7, 2016
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am delighted to join you today for the official opening of the new Women Resource Centre in Bilasuvar.
The creation of this center is another solid example of our collaboration and joint effort, among the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs, EU Delegation, Women Association for Rational Development (WARD) and UNDP.
In this regard, I would like to acknowledge and recognize the efforts of the Government of Azerbaijan under the leadership of Khanum Hijran Huseynova and the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs for its efforts and contribution in the protection of women’s rights, well-being and overall empowerment.
I would also like to thank Mr. Mahir Guliyev, the Head of Bilasuvar Regional Executive Authority and our partner in the region for supporting the greater outreach of the Women Resource Center and project services to the women of Bilasuvar.
I sincerely thank Ambassador Malena Mard and the EU Delegation for its financial contribution and partnership with UNDP and the Government of Azerbaijan to advance women’s economic rights and civic participation in the regions.
We believe such projects are strong catalysts for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Azerbaijan.
Particularly, they will contribute to goal 5 on gender equality and women empowerment, goal 8 on inclusive economic growth and decent employment, and goal 10 on reducing inequality.
I am pleased to see that the Women Resource Centre in Bilasuvar joins the network of other women centres in Sabirabad, Neftchala and Masalli, to help women strengthen their presence in community life, and provide freedom from fear and violence.
Moreover, these Centres serve as public platform to plan and coordinate women’s economic and social initiatives, and provide opportunities for capacity building, entrepreneurial activity, vocational education and creative self-expression.
We are glad to witness that since establishment of these Women Resource Centres in Bilasuvar, Neftchala, Sabirabad and Masalli regions, they have mobilized 416 women members, facilitated training of over 350 women, helped starting or improving more than 50 women-led businesses, and reached over 450 children, women and men in awareness raising campaign on violence and gender issues.
On November 21, we launched the 16 Days of Activism Campaign against Gender-based Violence to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls everywhere, including Azerbaijan. We hope that the Women Resource Centres in Bilasuvar and other regions will raise awareness about the negative impacts of gender-based violence at the grassroots levels.
We would like these Women Resource Centers to stay active and sustainable and to be soon registered as a civil society organization. Only then can they contribute effectively to Azerbaijan’s vision of gender equality and women empowerment. Thank you for your hospitality.