Shahla Ismayilova

Shahla Ismayilova is Chairwoman of Women’s Association for Rational Development, an NGO based in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The Women’s Association for Rational Development promotes national legislation for gender equality and leads public awareness campaigns on women’s health issues, including breast cancer and reproductive health. Shahla also helped found the first maternity school in Azerbaijan which provides pregnant women with information and counseling on reproductive health.

In addition to her work with WARD, Shahla is an advisor to the Global Fund for Women and an attorney for the Azerbaijan branch of the Human Rights House Foundation.