Research and Reports

last updated July 2014

Contributed in part by: Yuliya Gureyeva, National VAW Monitors

Report concerning the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by Azerbaijan, Group of Experts on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), Council of Europe (May 2014).

2014 Trafficking in Persons Report: Azerbaijan, U.S. Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (2014). United States annual report on human trafficking and forced labor in Azerbaijan. The Report designates Azerbaijan as a Tier 2 country for trafficking. It states that exploitation of Filipina women as domestic servants and trafficking of vulnerable street children and women from displaced person camps are particular problems.

Azerbaijan: Country Report on Human Rights Practices, US State Department, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (February 2014). United States annual report on human rights conditions in Azerbaijan. Section 6 addresses the situation of women with regards to violence and gender equality.

Legal Aspects of Struggle Against Human Trafficking in Azerbaijan, Alovsat Aliyev, Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration (2013). This report, which was co-financed by the European Union, sets out Azerbaijan’s legal developments in relation to the fight against human trafficking and analyses the effectiveness of these measures.

The Problem of Human Trafficking in Azerbaijan, Arif Yunusov, Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration (2013). This report outlines the problems faced in Azerbaijan with respect to human trafficking, in particular the trafficking of women for sexual exploitation.

Fifth Periodic Report Submitted by State Parties Due in 2013- Azerbaijan, State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Affairs (March, 2013). This report addresses issues raised in the Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women when it considered Azerbaijan’s fourth periodic report and addresses the country’s efforts regarding the elimination of discrimination against women and gender equality in Azerbaijan between 2008-2012. 

Conclusions 2012 (Azerbaijan), European Social Charter (revised), European Committee of Social Rights (January 2013). The report analyzes the position of women in employment, training and measures being taken to promote equal opportunities.

Country Report, Azerbaijan, Women Against Violence Europe: Feminists Network Promoting Human Rights of Women and Children (2012). This report focuses on violence against women and examines the availability and adequacy of services for women who are victims of domestic violence in Azerbaijan. 

Social Institutions & Gender Index, Azerbaijan, OECD Development Centre (2012). This website ranks Azerbaijan’s position, which is 68 out of 86 in the 2012 Social Institutions and Gender Indez and sets out Azerbaijan’s law in various areas with an impact on gender issues, such as the Family Code, the Law on the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Rape, Succession Law and Civil Liberties.

Country Program Action Plan 2011-2015, Program of Cooperation Between the Government of Azerbaijan and the United Nations Population Fund, 2012. This action plan sets out amongst other matters the position of women in Azerbaijan, in particular with reference to reproductive issues and domestic violence and draws up various strategies to achieve improvements in these areas. Available for download through this link:

Women Access to Justice in Azerbaijan Report, Gender Association Symmetry (2011). This report sets out the results of a six-month study on women’s access to justice in Azerbaijan. The main problems facing women in Azerbaijan were reported to be divorce and the divorcing process, violent crime and domestic violence and relations with officials, including the police and other investigatory authorities.

Council of Europe National Machinery, Action Plans and Gender Mainstreaming in the Council of Europe Member States Since the 4th World Conference on Women, Gender Equality Divisions, Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs (2010). Pages 34-35 deal with the position of Azerbaijan on the promotion of Gender issues in Azerbaijan both prior to and following the 4th World Conference on Women.

 Report to the Azerbaijani Government on the Visit to Azerbaijan Carried out the by European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), from December 8 to December 12, 2008 (2009). This report contains information about women’s conditions in prisons in Azerbaijan. The Azeri Government Response is also available.

The Azerbaijan Demographic Health Survey 2006 (DHS), State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan (2008). This report covers topics including fertility, reproductive health, HIV/AIDs and domestic violence.

Database of Gender Focal Points in Azerbaijan, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (2007). This database provides a directory of non-profit, political, religious and research organizations related to women’s rights in Azerbaijan.

Gender Attitudes in Azerbaijan: Trends and Challenges, Azerbaijan Human Development Programme Report (2007). The preamble states: “[T]his report focuses on gender trends and challenges in Azerbaijan by presenting the findings of the first national independent survey of gender attitudes ever conducted in Azerbaijan or any other CIS country. The report aims to identify gender attitudes and analyze their impact no gender equality in the country.”

International Helsinki Federation Annual Report on Human Rights Violations, International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights 2006. This report discusses the situation of women’s rights in Azerbaijan.

Violence Against Women in Azerbaijan, Alternative Country report to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) (2004). This report presents general observations about the status of women in Azerbaijan with a special focus on violence against women. It examines violence against women in the family, the community and as perpetrated by state actors. It also discusses women’s sexual reproductive rights. The report ends by making recommendations for reform.

Family Violence: Is there Any Guarantee for Our Safety?, Clean World (2004). The report by NGO “Clean World” is done on the basis of analyses of the criminal chronicles covering the issues of domestic violence in the local newspapers. The study is available in English and Azeri. 

HIV/AIDs in Azerbaijan: A Socio-Cultural Approach, Telman Magerramov, Leyla Ismayilova, Tair Faradov (2004).  Along with other socio-economic and socio-cultural factors the study analyzes how gender inequalities and domestic violence increase women’s vulnerability to HIV/AIDs in Azerbaijan. The report is available in English and Russian. 

Assessment on Violence and Women in Azerbaijan, International Rescue Committee- Azerbaijan (2004). An overview of violence in the lives of women in IRC’s beneficiary population. 

Report on Civil Forum on the National Plan of Action, Mehriban Zaynalova (December 2004). In December 2004 “Clean World” conducted Civil Forums in three regions in Azerbaijan dedicated to the discussion of the “National Plan of Action on Combating Trafficking in Persons” adopted by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on May 6th, 2004.

Integrating Gender: Gender Assessment, USAID (2004). This report discusses the reemergence of patriarchal traditions and gender norms in Azerbaijani culture. When the report was published women were more likely to be unemployed, paid less and discriminated against than in previous years. The report concludes that such disparities present serious human rights issues and also signify an underutilization of human capacity critical to development.