Ulviyya BABAYEVA, Azerbaijan
PROJECT: Stronger hand by hand!

Since 2011 Ulviyya has been working on the projects on empowering women and youth and educating girls. In 2011-2012 Ulviyya was a Group Leader of Barda Advocacy Youth Group within the Azerbaijan Youth Advocacy Program (AYAP) implemented by the International Eurasia Press Fund. In this role, together with the Group members, she implemented two projects on girls’ education and participation of youth in the decision-making process in her community.

After graduating from the Istanbul Aydin University in Turkey in 2016, where she studied Public Relations, she returned to Barda, a small village in Azerbaijan, where she continues to motivate young girls who want to pursue their academic life or career in different fields.

In 2018, as a trainer of Internews Network Ulviyya was designing and delivering trainings on online communication, information resources, and online safety for girls and women in four regions of Azerbaijan. Now Ulviyya is a trainer and coach for the EPIC Project implemented by GIZ in Azerbaijan aiming at improving the conditions for pro-poor & inclusive growth of the vulnerable IDP and local community members.

Ulviyya Babayeva: “This Fellowship is a great opportunity for me to improve my leadership skills and discover myself as a community leader. It will help me with my personal growth by gaining knowledge through the Programme and I will share my experience with other community members in my region.

Stronger hand by hand!

The aim of this Fellowship Project is to enhance young women in Barda county, Azerbaijan, by eliminating gender stereotypes, developing young women ‘s leadership skills, building up their self-confidence and motivating them to participate in the decision-making process.

Ulviyya: “Overall, there is a tendency that women cannot work or pursue their educational career as men do, due to some traditional religious stereotypes. In order to decrease such perception and achieve women empowering, I am going to organize workshops and trainings for 15 girls / women from different villages of Barda county by involving them in this project. Within this project, I want to change at least 15 girls / women in a better way in my region Barda.

Through this project, girls and young women in rural areas will acquire different skills through a number of workshops and trainings in the following areas:

  • Active citizenship and leadership – women participating in the workshops will learn how to get involved in their local communities and democracy at all levels and will expand their leadership skills.
  • Soft Skills and Emotional intelligence – Today the Azerbaijani youth especially women have problems with expressing themselves, communicating, organizing and planning, critical thinking or interpersonal skills, through this workshop participants will get skills which they can use throughout their life.
  • Gender equality and breaking stereotypes – most women in Azerbaijan are not aware of their rights and gender equality; the workshops will help them to understand their rights and stand for them.
  • Project Writing and Project Management – one of the main aims of this project is to contribute to the communities in terms of solving local problems by involving young women in the process as well as making them more active in order to take an action.
  • ICT skills – the participants will get knowledge and basic skills on IT and social media tools.
Fellowship Programs 2019
Country Azerbaijan
Areas of Interest Awareness raising
Children & youth
Empowering women
Gender equality
Topics Civic rights
Participatory decision-making
Project duration June 2019 - November 2019