‘Information and Experience Sharing Program’ for Azerbaijani Women in Local Governments organized by Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) in cooperation with Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB), Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality, Başakşehir Municipality, Beylikdüzü Municipality, Küçükçekmece Municipality, Zeytinburnu Municipality and Turkish Employment Agency (ISKUR), was completed between 22 and 28 July 2018 with presentations and site visits in Istanbul and Kocaeli.

The program was attended by Chairwoman of the Women for Development of Municipalities Association of Azerbaijan and Deputy Mayor of Garachukhur Municipality Lyudmila Khalilova, Mayor of Göranboy Fahralı Sevda Valiyeva, Mayor of Terter İrevanlı Natella Ibrahimova, Deputy Mayor of Mehdiabad (Abşeron) Afet Aslanova, Mayor of Ramana (Baku) İntizar Rzayeva, Mayor of Binegedi (Baku) Aytaç Aliyeva, Deputy Mayor of Keşle (Baku) İrada Hasanova, Adviser of Azerbaijan City Municipalities Bahar Hamidova, Head of Neighborhood Committee of Garachukhur (Baku) Municipality Laman Khalilova, Branch Manager of Azerbaijan Town Municipalities Sevil Hajiyeva, Head of Neighborhood Committee of Yasamal (Baku) Municipality Bika Akbarli and Branch Manager of Sumgayit Municipality Ramila Gambarova.

On the first day of the program, 23 July 2018 Monday, delegation visited ISMEK and listened presentation on “Employment Activities in Local Governments”, then they made a site visit. In the same day, group visited Mayor of Başakşehir Yasin Kartoğlu. After the visit, delegation listened presentation on “Woman and Family Activities in Local Governments” and made a site visit.

In the second day, program continued with ISKUR and IBB Sport Istanbul visits. In ISKUR visit, delegation listened presentation about “Woman Employment Activities” and then made a site visit. After that, participants visited Sport Istanbul and had a presentation on “Sport Activities for Women” and made a site visit as well.

In the third day of the program on 25 July 2018, Wednesday, delegation visited Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Directorate of Woman and Family Affairs and KOMEK, and then presentation and site visits were made.

In the fourth day, program continued with Beylükdüzü Municipality’s “Social Equality Unit” and “Women Solidarity Center” visits. There, delegation listened presentations and made site visits. In the same day afternoon, participants went to Küçükçekmece Municipality and had a presentation on “Social Municipalism Activities” and made a site visit.

Certification Ceremony

Program continued with delegation’s TDBB visit on 27 July 2018 Friday. In TDBB Headquartrs, participants met with TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak and delegation was informed about TDBB activities. In the same day afternoon, the group visited Zeytinburnu Municipality and “Family, Woman Support and Disabled People Center” (AKDEM) and they were informed about AKDEM activities and had a site visit. Closing ceremony of the program and certification ceremony was held in Zeytinburnu Belgradkapı Social Facilities with hosting of Zeytinburnu Municipality. Certification Ceremony was attended by TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak and also Zeytinburnu Municipality Director of Social Affairs Sami Ünlü and Psychologist of AKDEM Bihter Erdendoğdu.

Program ended with participants’ return to their home country after Istanbul city tour held on 28 July 2018 Saturday.