Editor's Note: Jamila Seftaoui's words have been added
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 14 / Trend K. Zarbaliyeva /
Azerbaijan makes important steps in fulfilling commitments on gender equality by adopting the law on the suppression of domestic violence, Jamila Seftaoui, the OSCE chief adviser on gender issues, said at a press-conference today.
"It is very important to demonstrate a comprehensive approach to combat female violence and execute this law from the viewpoint of ensuring fundamental rights and safety of women," Seftaoui said.
She said that the OSCE hopes that this important legal document will find its practical use soon.
Seftaoui said that according to the OSCE mandate, gender equality is a fundamental human right.
"Therefore, it is very important to develop stable mechanisms to protect victims of violence and punish torturers. The initiatives of civil society are needed to promote women's rights and gender equality in a society," she said.
Seftaoui is on a four-day visit to Azerbaijan. She held meetings with officials from the Foreign Ministry, the State Committee for Family, Women and Children and the Ministry of Economic Development in Baku.
The meetings focused on putting women's rights forward, promoting their economic opportunities, and protecting them from discrimination and any form of violence.
Seftaoui said that Azerbaijan should attract women to the police activity. She said that it can be implemented despite some difficulties.
The women, working in the police, should be provided with authority for law enforcement within the short and medium-term strategy."The women, working in the Secretariat, the personnel department of the police, should be involved in the execution of the law. All conditions should be created for them to be proud that they are police officers. If acceptable conditions are created, they will have an interest in the work," she said.