In Azerbaijan, death of young woman renews conversation on domestic violence

“Clear legal basis needed to combat violence against women” by European Parliament. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Sevil Atakishiyeva, 20, was a student at Azerbaijan’s Tourism and Management University. Like most unmarried women in Azerbaijan, she lived with her parents but had big dreams of moving abroad and building a life of her own. On February 18, Sevil took her own life. On two occasions in 2019 and 2020, Sevil reached out to Gulnara Mehdiyeva, a founder of a local feminist collective, to whom she told she had been suffering harassment and physical abuse at the hands of her family: That…

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