Gunel Movlud

Gunel Movlud was born in Azerbaijan. As a pursued Azeri journalist, translator, and poet, she has been living in Norway as an ICORN writer since 2016, where she has won the “Words on Borders” poetry prize in 2017. In 2019, she was published in Aschehoug anthology of refugee poets, To kiss a desert. To kiss a wall. Gunel is a women’s rights activist and writes against violence, oppression, and injustice.

Muslim feminists in the 19th century South Caucasus

A women’s movement started to emerge in Tsarist Russia in the mid-19th century. Just as most progressive ideas, women’s rights issue also came to the Russian Empire from Europe. Because female aristocrats of the country often travelled to Europe, they learned the latest developments towards women’s emancipation and observed heated discussions about women’s rights and …

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Homosexuality in the USSR: Past and Present

By the time the Soviet Union was established, homosexuality was considered a criminal act and punishable by death in Tsarist Russia. However, this was a mere legal formality. Those scandal-ridden courts set out for Oscar Wilde in Great Britain, Philipp, prince of Eulenburg in Germany, Arthur Rimbaud, and Paul Verlaine in France did not exist …

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Early marriages in South Caucasus: Underage girls as a political tool

After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, religious and traditional restrictions were softened. Beside other nations, South Caucasian nations also enjoyed the freedom of going back to their own traditions and religions. Unfortunately, the “comeback of nations” in the Caucasus first hit women who faced oppression under patriarchal hegemony. Given a chance, mullahs and clerics …

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The Nagorno-Karabakh Deadlock

Armenia and Azerbaijan so far have rejected international calls for negotiations. Azerbaijan’s Ministry of External Affairs claimed that the government will continue fighting until Armenia leaves the occupied territories.  Russia has urged both sides to negotiate and sign an immediate ceasefire and expressed willingness to host the negotiations.  Sergey Lavrov, the Minister of External Affairs, …

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Sex, sports, travel – everything for men! | Gunel Movlud

What is the situation with equal rights in the most patriarchal country of the South Caucasus? A wish for seven sons At traditional Azerbaijani weddings, the groom’s best man ties a red band around the bride’s waist and makes a wish: ‘I want seven sons and just one daughter.’ This ritual illustrates the expectations and …

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Sex under Dictatorship

About the Author Gunel Movlud is a prominent author of contemporary Azerbaijani literature. Her poetry, publications and prose are called “The Literature of People” because she has not put borders between literature and politics and between her activity as a writer and her activity as a citizen. Gunel Movlud (Imanova) was born in Karabakh, Azerbaijan …

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