A workshop on promoting gender equality in and through mass media took place on 2-3 May in Baku. Three international experts from Poland, Lithuania and Sweden were invited to participate in the TAIEX workshop to share best international practices in this area with government authorities from the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan and local media.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, Malena Mard, opened the event with a speech highlighting the importance of women’s participation, expression and decision making in and through the media and access to new communication technologies. She also stressed the importance of promoting a balanced portrayal of both men and women in the media, not one which is based on stereotypes.
Aynur Sofiyeva, Deputy Chairperson of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs, confirmed that the formation of gender relations is “one of the pressing issues in society".
TAIEX is a demand-driven tool that supports partner countries with the approximation of national laws, regulations and quality standards to those of EU Member States within the framework of Cooperation or Association agreements signed with the EU. In the Eastern Neighbourhood, TAIEX works with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.