CoE: Azerbaijan demonstrates commitment to gender equality in all spheres
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 27
By Ali Mustafayev – Trend:
Azerbaijan is one of the countries ready to demonstrate commitment to gender equality in all spheres and at the highest level, Head of Office of the Council of Europe in Azerbaijan Zoltan Hernyes said in Baku Feb. 27.
He made the remarks at a meeting dedicated to gender equality in media.
Azerbaijan is one of the first states to give voting rights to women not only in the east, but also in Europe and the world, said Hernyes, adding that today, Azerbaijan demonstrates its commitment to gender equality, supporting the efforts of various structures and organizations in this direction, as well as projects.
Vugar Salimov, an employee of the Department of Public and Political Issues of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan, for his part, noted that the Presidential Administration actively supports projects of the Council of Europe on gender equality.
“Equality is one of the main directions of development for us,” said Salimov.
Head of EU Delegation to Azerbaijan Kestutis Jankauskas noted that Azerbaijan is on the way to ensuring a full balance in terms of gender equality.
Azerbaijan pays due attention to gender equality by putting efforts to provide women with all rights and freedoms, both in the media and beyond, he added.
Addressing the event, Representative of EU Delegation’s Media Division Lejla Dervisagis said that Azerbaijan is taking all the necessary steps to ensure gender equality.
One of the projects actively supported today by the Council of Europe in Azerbaijan is dedicated to strengthening the rights of women and further ensuring their freedoms, she said.
Dervisagis noted that the new project, supported by the Council of Europe and EU missions in Azerbaijan, aims to increase the role of women in the media structures as well as shape a new code of media ethics in Azerbaijan.
She added that higher educational institutions play an important role in promoting the idea of gender equality in the media.
Representative of the Azerbaijani parliament Aflatun Amashov and Head of the Office of Ombudsman Aydin Safikhanli also delivered speeches at the meeting.