Gender Balance in Azerbaijani Media

The International Federation of Journalists

(IFJ) and its partner the Journalist Trade Union (JuHi) committed to

campaigning for equal rights for women journalists launch today the to

encourage women journalists in Azerbaijan to engage in trade-union work through

training, networking, communication campaigns and lobbying and stand for

election to the decision-making bodies.


The leaflet recommends the following:


1. Increasing the rate of representation of

women in unions' leadership positions and considering the introduction of quota


2. Developing trade union work capabilities for

women through training

3. Involving male colleagues in all gender

equality related issues

4. Strengthening trade-union policies

protecting women's trade-union rights

5. Ensuring the safety of women journalists and

trade-unionists in conflict areas

6. Protecting women journalists against

violence and harassment at work

7. Inserting gender equality provisions in

collective bargaining agreements.

8. Encouraging women's solidarity to strengthen

their role in the union.



publication contains a section on the current situation of women journalists in

Azerbaijani media. The conclusions of the survey showed that female journalists

count for:



40-45 % of employees of national broadcasting TV stations


25-30 % of employees of regional TV stations


30-35 % of employees of national distributed newspapers


20-25 % of employees of regional newspapers



this fact, women representation in decision making bodies remains very low.

Only 10 women of all the editorial-offices surveyed were represented at the

decision making level. Out of the most 15 famous journalist organisations, only

one of these organisations leaders is a woman.



section of the leaflet details specifically the Gender Law in Azerbaijan Republic

and the international conventions ratified by the Azerbaijani Republic while a special

section of the leaflet gathers interviews conducted with famous Azerbaijani

women journalists including Vusala Mahirgizi, head of APA information agency

and APA Holding, Sevil Yusifova, head of the Association of Women Journalists,

Aynur Elgunesh, chief-editor of news portal, head of press service of

the Baku Journalism School, Sevinj Seyidova, chief-editor of the Hafta-ichi

newspaper, Ganira Pashayeva, a former assistant of the chief-editor of the ANS

TV between 1998-2005 before becoming a member of parliament.


Finally, information and selected advices from the IFJ “Getting the

Balance Right” handbook were included to encourage best-practice.



“Gender issue in Azerbaijani media” leaflet consists of 43 pages and was produced within

the framework of the “Ethical Journalism Initiative-Azerbaijan” project which is implemented by the

International Federation of Journalists together with the “Coalition for Freedom

of Speech and Journalist Professionalism”. The coalition is composed of the Azerbaijan

Journalists Trade Union, the International Eurasia Press Fund, the Journalists

Democratic League, and the “Ruh” Committee on Protection of Journalists’

Rights. The “EJI–Azerbaijan” is a two-year project supported by the Delegation

of the European Commission to Azerbaijan and the LO-TCO.


The gender

leaflet is available for download at The book

leaflet is only available in Azerbaijani. For further information about this

news release, please contact Mushfig Alasgarli, e-mail: [email protected], telephone +994 50 324 65

30 project coordinator, or IFJ project officer Adrien Collin, e-mail: [email protected], telephone +32 2

235 22 03



information about the Ethical Journalism Initiative-Azerbaijan project: