Ismayil FATALIYEV, Azerbaijan
PROJECT: Strong Women – Strong Family

Skilled in mentoring and story-telling, Ismayil is a Journalist and Project manager with 10 years of professional experience. Since 2011 he has been working for various national TV broadcasters and online media outlets as a news editor, reporter and anchor. Currently, he is a multimedia freelance journalist and a Project Coordinator at the Azerbaijan Journalists Network Public Union.  As an EaP Local Coordinator, Ismayil contributed to spreading unbiased information about the social and political developments in Azerbaijan. 

Ismayil holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Baku Slavic University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relation from the Academy of Public Administration (Azerbaijan).

“My participation in the EaP Civil Society Fellowship was a unique opportunity to be useful for others, take responsibility over the initiative and change the mindset of my community. During the fellowship action, I was ignited by the enthusiasm to help the rural woman in picking up necessary business skills and promote “success stories” of other independent women. By doing so, I aimed to empower women and positively change males’ perceptions about the women’s role in Azerbaijani families. Along with delivering training, I developed myself as a leader and community mobilizer. Thanks to the Fellowship, I enhanced my self-confidence and managerial skills.” – Ismayil FATALIYEV

Strong Women – Strong Family

The project Strong Women – Strong Family aimed to empower women in IDP (internally displaced people) communities of Azerbaijan residing at the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict line through awareness-raising activities. The first training on entrepreneurship was launched in the region of Terter and engaged 17 middle-aged women; the leading business mentors shared their expertise in managing microfinance loans and accounting in general.  Following this, the second capacity-building training was held in Barda and involved 32 women from the local villages; the invited consultants delivered training on the state grants for the rural women and encouraged them to start or extend their businesses. Finally, the third workshop was conducted in Aghdam and engaged 21 women from the local settlements; the training included the presentation of success stories and information on micro-financing opportunities available in Azerbaijan. 

The action empowered approximately 70 women from IDP communities of Azerbaijan through entrepreneurial and capacity-building training in Agdam, Barda, and Tartar (300 km westward from the capital Baku and close to the “line of contact”). The workshops enhanced the financial literacy of the IPD women and boosted their confidence in implementing their own initiatives. Also, the training contributed to tackling stereotypes about the social roles of women living in the IDP communities. Following this, the special training in microfinance, loan management and credit culture served played a crucial role in developing a business mindset in the target-audience and teaching them the best ways to access and manage finances. 

Fellowship Programs 2019
Country Azerbaijan
Areas of Interest Awareness raising
Capacity development
Community mobilisation
Topics Gender issues
Human rights
Project duration May 2019 - November 2019