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Western Caspian University


Gender Research Center

The Gender Research Centre was established in June 2000. The mission of the Centre is the dissemination and development of the new approach to gender in Azerbaijani society, as well as the integration of this method into scientific research and curricula. The Centre seeks to focus teachers and researchers on the development of gender approaches in various social and humanitarian disciplines (philosophy, economic theory, law, history, psychology, sociology, political sciences and culturology). The Centre comprises 42 teachers and researchers representing 11 higher education institutions and the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences. 

Activities of the Gender Research Centre include:

  • Research on gender and women's issues
  • Integration of gender theory into social and human sciences
  • Development of scientific and public relations
  • Conducting and participating in conferences, seminars and symposiums on a global scale
  • Publications related to gender research
  • Educational and scientific activities.

The main purpose of the Centre is the discussion and analysis of the following problems: 

  • Personality and the relationship with society
  • Freedom and its restrictions
  • Differences between people and the need for equal rights
  • Marriage, family and religion
  • Traditional and democratic values.


  • Scientific Publication: ‘Gender, Study and Education’- (Sabuhi Sultanov), WCU
  • International Scientific Conference: ‘Changing Gender Roles in the Global World’ in December 5th, 2015 (organised by the Ministry of Education Republic of Azerbaijan, State Committee on Family, Women and Children, and WCU Gender Research Centre)
  • Elective courses on Gender Issues are offered in all specialties since 2017
  • As a result of the survey conducted by the Centre, it was determined that the ratio of male to female employees of the University was 52% to 48%, while the ratio among students was 51% to 49% for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • WCU is aware of the rights of our students and faculty and our Gender Research Centre declares that sexual minorities are not discriminated against and have equal opportunities
  • Discourse on ‘Early Marriages and their Social Outcomes’.