Empowering Women in Azerbaijan

Until 1991 Azerbaijan was a part of the Soviet Union and since its independence it has undergone major political and social freedom. But the status of women has degraded overtime. After its division from the Soviet Union, Azerbaijan has gone through economic decline and instability. There are lots of families and communities who are financially poor. Political, cultural, social and economic instability collectively have posed a serious threat to women due to gender inequality.

Very less number of women are employed in Azerbaijan and those who are employed are discriminated against in the place of work and paid less than men.

Very less number of women are employed in Azerbaijan and those who are employed are discriminated against in the place of work and paid less than men. Women find it very difficult to work in the deplorable condition and the sad part is that the only available jobs to women are the ones where they are paid less. The working condition is also undesirable and dangerous .  Even though state assets are privatized after independence but women are not fortunate enough to reap the benefits of such privatization. Also a large number of male workforce migrate to the capital in search of better job opportunities which in turn place all the responsibilities of house maintenance to the womenfolk. Yet this boost in responsibility has not boosted the status of the women in the country. There also exist the mental thinking among the populace that women should not venture out of the home and men are the main bread earners.

There needs major transformation to change the mentality and to upgrade the status of the women in Azerbaijan.

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