We completed the trainings for our lawyers, who now provide free online legal assistance to women in the four regions.
63 women from the Masalli region, 57 women from the Sabirabad region, 78 women from the Ismayilli region, and 98 people from the Khacmaz region received legal assistance from our organization.
Estimated girls & women affected
This data is still being collected, and will be added to the project as soon as possible.
Estimated community members affected
Since you last heard from us, we have continued to hold meetings in order to inform the public of our activities, identify lawyers interested in the training, and gain municipal government cooperation. We have now gone to four regions (Masalli, Sabirabad, Ismayilli, and Khacmaz), where over 90 people attended, 19 of who were municipal officials. We have also completed the trainings for our lawyers, who now provide free online legal assistance to women in the four regions. These activities have helped the women overcome their fears and make complaints of domestic violence instances. With the help of lawyers, the women understand that they can protect themselves, protest against the violence, and receive assistance to achieve a better life. We hope this project will help decrease the number of domestic violence cases in Azerbaijan and help women suffering from abuse.
When A.A was 18, she was forced to marry one of her relatives. Her husband would beat her every day, and A.A suffered through the torture for the sake of her two children. After three years of marriage, A.A. applied for a divorce with the help of one of our lawyers, who prepared all the documents she needed for the court. She got the divorce and also child support for her children from her ex-husband.
Risks and challenges
The main challenge was that we could not prevent some of the reactions from the victim’s families. Sometimes husbands or other relatives would continue to threaten the women, which led to some women withdrawing their applications and no longer continuing with the legal process out of fear.
What we’ve learned
If we had the chance to start this project again, we would add psychological assistance to our victims to our key activities.
We plan on continuing supporting the women of domestic violence.
Amount spent so far
Travel to rural regions
Informing the pubic and cementing partnerships
According to the work plan, the staff of the project completed and made ready for the implementation of the project during 15 days. After completing staffing, works in order to give information about the project to the public and stake holders were began. We conducted meetings with municipals and public in two regions – Khachmaz and Ismayilli. 50 citizens and seven public officials attended the meetings. Also informing activities were implemented for choosing lawyers for trainings. As a result of these activities, public and stake holders were informed about the project and the lawyers were chosen for trainings. Close cooperation was created with municipals in these regions and representatives of these municipals also were chosen for trainings.
Too often the response from authorities is “You must have done something wrong otherwise why would he beat you?” – staff member from Clean World
Why we care: Violence against women often goes unnoticed in Azerbaijan and women lack access to shelter and legal services, especially in rural areas.
How we’re solving this: Introducing online legal services for women in rural and underserved areas so they can overcome abuse and demand justice.
Violence against women, particularly domestic violence, is widespread in Azerbaijan. Many men and women accept violence against women as “part of life” and rarely discuss it in public. There are very few legal services and shelters available to survivors, particularly in rural areas. Most cases go unreported. If a woman gains the courage to report violence, she may be subjected to further harassment by police. Even if a case reaches the court, many are thrown out, and survivors may be disowned by their families for having brought public shame to their family’s private matters.
Clean World is combating violence against women by documenting incidents and raising awareness about domestic violence and other forms of violence, such as human trafficking. This year the organization will train a team of lawyers to provide online legal assistance to 200 women in four rural regions of Azerbaijan (Khachmaz, Sabirabad, Ismailli and Masalli), where rates of domestic violence are the highest and access to legal services is the lowest. Clean World will create a supportive network of law enforcement and judicial officials, human rights activists, and politicians who are trained to uphold women’s rights, and who will support solicitors in each region to bring justice to survivors of violence.
Renowned for publishing in-depth research and statistical reports on violence, Clean World will disseminate awareness materials on women’s rights to change norms that justify violence against women. Through easily accessible online legal services, women’s rights publications, and a comprehensive support network, women in rural Azerbaijan will find encouragement to achieve justice.