Published: 27 Jun 2017 | By Mehriban Zeynalova

Providing women with protection from human trafficking and domestic abuse


Jessica Gavron (Legal Director, EHRAC) interviews Mehriban Zeynalova, founder of Clean World Public Union in Azerbaijan, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse.

Mehriban Zeynalova founded Clean World in 1998 under an umbrella of organisations known as the Alliance on Violence against Women. In 2002 Clean World, led by Zeynalova, went its separate way, and founded the first shelter for women in Baku, Azerbaijan. It was officially registered in 2006 and was accredited by the Ministry of Social Welfare in 2014 (as required by law).

Approximately 50-70 women are killed each year by their partners or family members but the Government cites only seven deaths a year because it only counts cases that receive media coverage.

Read Mehriban’s interview in full in the Summer 2017 Bulletin.