Mechanisms behind the Skewed Sex Ratio at Birth in Azerbaijan

This report presents the findings of the qualitative and quantitative assessment of the mechanisms leading to the skewed sex ratios at birth in Azerbaijani population. The study was held by UNFPA Azerbaijan Country Office and the State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Affairs in 2012. In addition to being the first initiative exclusively dedicated to the exploration of the prevalence rates and major causes of the phenomenon of sex selection abortions, the present report provides the series of recommendations to guide the respective state intervention to address the issue. The views expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official opinion of UNFPA Azerbaijan Country Office or the State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

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