Reported by: Khalid Taimur Director of Foreign Affairs TN Media News
A delegation of the Association for the Development of Women’s Entrepreneurship in Azerbaijan (AQSIA) took part in the annual international congress ECOJER – Green Life Better in Nur-Sultan.
The event was organized with the support of the ECOJER Association, the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic-speaking countries (TURKPA), the UN Development Program in Kazakhstan and the UN Women’s Organization.
The congress was attended by delegations of TURKPA member parliaments, members of the Senate and Legislative Chamber of the Supreme Assembly of Uzbekistan, representatives of the diplomatic corps, as well as representatives from the UN and NGOs.
Sakina Babayeva, the chairwoman of the USAID, who was invited by Kazakh MP Lezzat Ramazanova, said that the cooperation between the two countries and all Turkic-speaking peoples was developing day by day and the Turkish Women’s Entrepreneurship Committee would do great work in this direction.
Sakina Babayeva noted that as the impact of climate change increases gender inequality around the world, today we need to reconsider our development strategies, build a future without investing in nature and invest in natural solutions.
In her speech, Sakina Babayeva said that the gender factor is mentioned in almost all areas of the Sustainable Development Goals. Along with the development of the poverty index and the human index, indicators of gender equality are important in assessing the adequacy of existing policies to the goals of sustainable development. Thus, the human development index based on the factor of gender equality is one of the main indicators taken into account in the assessment. Therefore, the selection of Goal 5 as one of the main directions can support the rapid implementation of other goals. He noted that there are shortcomings in women’s access to economic resources and information, and we need to increase awareness in this area.
The US President said that women around the world are more dependent on natural resources but less benefited. In many regions, there is a disproportionate supply of food, water and fuel for women. Agriculture is the most important employment sector for women in low- and middle-income countries, during periods of drought and unstable rainfall, and women, such as agricultural workers and primary suppliers, work harder to provide income and resources for their families. In this regard, Azerbaijan is also implementing its development plan within the framework of global measures.
Madina Pashayeva, Head of the Innovation Committee of the USAID, Director of the Maestro, spoke at the panel on “The application of sustainable development goals in organizations and the impact of digital technologies on this process.”
During the visit, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the USAID and the Fund for Sustainable Development and Women’s Entrepreneurship of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Originally posted on AZERTAC INFORMATION AGENCY, reproduced for TN Media.