Women's Empowerment

UNDP supports a gender programme that gives opportunities to women to participate in economic and social life, and strengthens capacities of the government agencies to develop gender-sensitive policies. As part of the programme, UNDP organizes awareness campaigns to challenge stereotypes and socio-cultural practices that hinder implementation of women’s rights. Last but not least, UNDP seeks to incorporate gender dimension into its researches to identify women-specific concerns and recommend ways to address them.

Our Goals

UNDP aims to support the creation of enabling environment for economic, social and political activity of women, with a focus on rural areas. Our goals are aligned with the national efforts to achieve MDG 3 ‘Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women’ and fulfill Azerbaijan’s obligations under the CEDAW Convention. more

Rural women

Rural women need improved access to markets (Photo: Greg Skehan). More

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Empowering rural women

    Azerbaijan has ratified almost all essential international documents on the protection of women's rights. However, in Azerbaijan, like in many other countries, there is a gap between legislative acts and their enforcement. UNDP partners with the State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Affairs to expand women’s participation in the economic and community life, with a focus on rural areas, as well as build the capacities of the Committee's staff in producing qualitative data for evidence-based policy formulation.more 

  • Supporting gender research

    Through this project UNDP works to research capacities of teachers and students of the State Pedagogical University. Upon completion of trainings, they will in turn act as agents for change in traditional gender stereotypes and attitudes throughout the education system. The project also administers a joint research with International Organization for Migration (IOM) on abandoned women, wives of migrant workers, which will be used to design new projects for this population group.more 

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