The idea is about using national values in preventing violence against women.
Within the scope of this idea, we are planning to investigate national values and to use the findings in further related capacity building and advocacy work. In other words this investigation will open a new stage in Azerbaijan, which can be used as a tool in other countries in the region as well.
As Azerbaijan is a newly independent state, along with other social sphere, gender issues also is relatively new for our society. Thus there are not enough investigations and research in this field. Therefore, when doing gender work, mostly Western experience and values are tried to be applied as they are.
Azerbaijan is an Oriental state besides being also a former Soviet republic. Unfortunately this is not taken into consideration when doing gender work and protection of women from violence.
Azerbaijan has great historical and moral background and values that we think can be used and would be more effective in preventing violence against women. Examples to such values can be the role of woman as a mother in family. Mother is considered sacred in Azerbaijan families.