From achievements in sport to achievements in politics: How EU-supported project helps women in Azerbaijan realise their dreams
Dilara Aliyeva won her first sports competition in running when she was 12 years old. But her real passion has always been football, and her ultimate dream was to become a football manager.
Efforts in the field of gender equality are one of the integral elements of the European Union's work in Azerbaijan. Many projects are being implemented in this direction throughout the country.
"We tried to take our son to sports and various courses but nothing was interesting to him, he did not want to leave the house. He went to a few classes and then stopped.
Breaking stereotypes: how teachers are trained in Azerbaijan to work with children with disabilities
In Azerbaijan, a country with a population of 10 million, about 70,000 children are registered with a disability.
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) programme for deepening and strengthening relations between the European Union and its six Eastern partner countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine – celebrates its 10th anniversary in May.
Her ex-husband does not pay child maintenance and refuses to give his permission for their child to be taken abroad for medical treatment. Meanwhile, her pensioner mother has a severe disability but does not receive adequate benefits.
In 2016, Azerbaijan and the EU are celebrating their 25th anniversary of collaboration: their first contacts date back to 1991 in the framework of the technical assistance programme to the Commonwealth of Independent States - TACIS.