Parvana Rasulova is a recipient of the joint UNDP and USAID project on Economic Empowerment for Entrepreneurship and Employment (E4), which supports women and girls in rural areas of Azerbaijan, including Masalli in the south and Zaqatala in the north-west of the country, in improving their financial maturity, economic activity and business acumen through substantive capacity development support and network building. Up to present, the project has helped over 60 women establish businesses of their own.
More than 600 women in Masalli and Zaqatala have joined various awareness raising campaigns on women’s economic and social rights and gender mainstreaming. Women’s Resource Centres in Masalli and Zaqatala now have an impressive network of 463 members, and this number is growing fast. Recently, the project has received an additional award from the US Government worth USD 1,000,000 for the next 3 years. With this new funding, the UNDP and Government of Azerbaijan will establish a new Women’s Resource Centre in Khachmaz, 170 km north of Baku, providing support to at least 100 women in starting businesses of their own.
Funded by the USAID, with partial co-financing from the UNDP, the E4 project is implemented by the UNDP, in close partnership with the State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Affairs.
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Story by Arzu Jafarli