1 October 2007
ESI starts research in Azerbaijan

On October 1st, the ESI team began its research work in Azerbaijan. ESI's work in Azerbaijan will focus on gender issues in the following context: the impact of the countries' economic and social transformation following the collapse of Soviet system on women's position.

During their stay in Azerbaijan, Arzu Geybullayeva, the local analyst, together with Nigar Göksel, held several interviews with government institutions such as the State Committee on Women, Family and Children Issues, as well as NGOs, international organizations and parties such as Gender Research Institute, Democracy and Women Rights Protection Center, Women Monitoring Group, UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Information Department, International Republic Institute (IRI), and Institute for Reporter Freedom and Safety (IRFS), and the Democratic Reforms Party.

The following individuals also shared their insights on the current gender situation in Azerbaijan: Yelena Kasumova from the Gender Information Center, Mehriban Vezir from the Women Monitoring Group, Zemfira Verdiyeva from the Azerbaijan Women Association, and Novella Jafaroglu from the Dilara Aliyeva Society for Protection of Women Rights.

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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com