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PACE asked Caucasus a sexual question2011-09-13 21:37
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe discovered not only political but social problems in the Caucasus. Gender inequality fought by all democratic countries is flourishing in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Even despite the fact that Sakartvelo's government set a course for aggressive European integration when Mikhail Saakashvili came to power, there is a struggle between the supporters of the "father of nations"' regime and representatives of the conservative culture.
This March, UNESCO again spoke for gender equality and the enhancement of women's participation in the Caucasian public and political life. It turned out that the activity of the weaker sex in these spheres is very low, for ladies' only concern is to find a source of income. Besides, their insularity in the family is explained by the growing religiousness in the Caucasian republics. Polygamy and the so-called Shariat marriages are still popular in Muslim countries. The work with women in the sphere of their rights is practically zero: for instance, in case of the husband's death, the wife and children have no right to inherit his property.
Thus, however hard the world community tried to export democracy to "backward countries", the last year should be admitted as rather unprofitable in this respect. According to the gender inequality rating, most positive figures in the post-Soviet space were recorded in Moldavia, Russia and Ukraine but things are worse with the Caucasus and Central Asia. UN Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) presented the results of a social research dedicated to the peculiarities of the gender participation in Armenia's public-political life. Intersex discrimination was discovered at the level of political decisions, including those taken in parliaments, ministries and when electing the government. Armenian society is still possessed by stereotypes relating to the image of a lady-boss.
There are only eight deputies, two ministers, six deputy ministers and several women holding executive positions in local bodies. Even when men think that a lady has the right to hold a high post, the "culture of life", or rather, low awareness constantly throws them one step back. According to the polls, 55 percent of women remarked that they are aware of the political situation in the country. However, half of them actually have no true idea of it.
First lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva must be very surprised at PACE's report. In May, she spoke at a conference of the Council of Europe on the topic "Gender equality: elimination of the difference between gender equality de jure and de facto". She stated that the international community should focus on the equality of genders and confessed that "Today, a woman in the modern European society takes part in almost all public spheres; she is also active in politics and business. But despite these positive changes, there is still much work to do for us. Many recommendations and resolutions are not yet implemented. On one hand, the problem of gender inequality is of high priority in the modern society but on the other hand, the success achieved could be more substantial. Azerbaijan also achieved a great success in women's rights protection. XX century became a new epoch for Azerbaijani women".