United by a passion for a stronger world


Filed under: Development

It’s International Youth Day! Over the last two years, UNDP in Azerbaijan has collaborated to establish a Model United Nations and boost the MUN movement in the country. The Model UN movement unites youth from different educational backgrounds and social status. Their shared interest in global affairs unites them, creating a strong network of Azerbaijani… Read more »

A ‘bad girl’ no longer: Tackling gender inequality in Azerbaijan

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Filed under: Development Gender equality Social inclusion

In Azerbaijan, especially in rural areas, there exists a very powerful term for women who don’t follow the rules: ‘pis giz’ – or bad girl. For an Azerbaijani woman, being called a pis giz is more than just a gender slur. It can mean the total loss of respect in her community, ineligibility for marriage,… Read more »

Open government: The one innovation we’re missing


Filed under: Social innovation

NGOs, activists, international organisations all design and produce more and more innovative tools to empower citizens and equip them with whatever they may need to voice their needs, concerns, and opinions about issues that matter to them most (or least, for that matter). From FixMyStreet–type of websites, through government monitoring tools, to new communication channels… Read more »

You’re invited: Let’s talk women and politics in Asia Pacific


Filed under: Gender equality Social inclusion

I’ll be in Ulaanbaatar 3 and 4 April and you’re welcome to join me. I’ll be sharing the recommendations of women leaders, specialists and activists in the Asia Pacific region as they formulate plans to improve women’s political participation. I’ll be tweeting throughout the Asia-Pacific regional conference on women’s political participation – so join the… Read more »