Dreamer and fighter Ulviyya Babayeva on overcoming gender stereotypes in rural Azerbaijan with EU’s support
Ulviyya Babayeva was born and raised in a remote village in the district of Barda, Azerbaijan, 260 km west of Baku, not far from the frontline zone.
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.
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.
The South Caucasus unites three neighbouring states – Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. There is a large population of Azeri and Armenian nationalities in the bordering regions of Georgia, particularly in towns and villages.
Capitals and major cities are not the only places that can be cultural and touristic centres and be economically independent. Smaller towns also have this potential – the main thing is to see, and properly utilise, this potential.
Differences in languages, culture and traditions do not prevent young people from different countries from finding a common language, becoming friends and bringing the European Union closer to all its partner countries, including Azerbaijan.
Any lover or connoisseur of European cinema would be happy to be a guest of the Berlin International Film Festival – the well-known Berlinale. This year, such a chance was given to Gunay Mirzayeva, a 26-year-old graduate of the Azerbaijan University of Languages.