Country / Region profile of: Azerbaijan

Women in Azerbaijan led the way as the first women in a Muslim nation to experience universal suffrage when it was granted in 1918. Spousal abuse was criminalised in 2010. In spite of this legal advancement, sexual harassment is not prohibited by law. Over the past several years, artillery shelling and minor skirmishes between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops over Nagorno-Karabkh have killed dozens. In November 2016, the two states established the Armenia-Azerbaijan Platform of Peace, resolving their conflict through sustainable collaborations with both societies; however, the violence still continues. Azerbaijan acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1995. Also, the state has neither signed nor ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Azerbaijan is currently ranked at 98 out of 144 nations on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) in 2017. During the 2017 October Open Debate on WPS, Azerbaijan gave a statement affirming support for WPS but did not offer updates on its implementation of UNSCR 1325 and the WPS Agenda. There is also no National Action Plan on WPS to date. Women in Azerbaijan are continuing to work to bring peace and conflict resolution amidst the lingering tensions in the region.

"Direct all of the force of your repressive mechanism, which includes assault, car accidents, murders and the whole arsenal, against me personally, a woman whose only weapon is a word."- Leyla Yunus


$ 1,528,900,000
Military expenditure
Azerbaijan spends USD$ 1,528,900,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Funding a National Action Plan
This amount could establish the first National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 for the country and fund its and implementation for at least a decade
NAP 1325
Azerbaijan does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments
Azerbaijan made no specific financial commitments on Women, Peace and Security in 2017.