İNSAN KITABXANASI BAKI / HUMAN LIBRARY BAKU​
 

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Strategy type (tool, event, training course, etc.)
Human Library methodology

Scope of the practice (local, national, international level)
Local

 

When did it start/end?
2018-2020

Name of the organization/organizer
Kamran Azizli (kamranaziz999@gmail.com) Co-founder of the initiative and hold license issued by Human Library Organization

City and country
Baku, Azerbaijan

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1. Describe your project briefly
Our project brings the concept of Human Library – an international movement– to Azerbaijan. Human Library uses an analogy of a real library, in which individuals who have experienced stigma, stereotype or prejudice become human books to be lent for a limited amount of time for the visitors of the library. In general, the purpose of the event is to provide social inclusivity. This platform allows you to speak to groups that need more listening. This is the place where socially marginalized groups will be able to share their social problems. If voices that are being silenced are heard by others, problems of different social groups will be emphasized.​

2. What is the aim of the project? 

The purpose of the project is to create a platform in order to challenge stereotypes, to battle hate speech, to provide social and ethnic inclusion, and to address the voices of individuals affected by discrimination in society.​

3. Who was involved in designing process?
Kamran Azizli and Murad Nuriyev are the owners of the copyrights for setting up and preparing Human Library events in Baku, Azerbaijan. ​

4. If you could change something, what would you change?
The initiative group plan to have an exhibition at the same time with the library, as the space for the library is large and convenient for broad activities with two rooms. We plan use one room for Human Library event and the side room to hold an exhibition. People will be able to take advantage of the exhibition after taking the queue cards to the library. The exhibition will feature photos, short films and documentaries. The theme of films and photos will be equality, diversity and inclusion.


5. How do the project impact on civil society? 
Unfortunately hate speech and discrimination toward gender and sexual minorities is on the rise in Azerbaijan and as an initiative group we are trying to fight this situation, as a gender and queer activists. Statistics shows that Azerbaijan is the least LGBTQI-friendly nation in Europe, according to ratings released by a leading rights organization (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/the-15-worst-countries-to-be-gay-in-europe-azerbaijan-russia-armenia-a7024416.html). Although these statistics only encompasses the issues faced by Azerbaijani LGBTQ+ community, discrimination faced by other groups are also equally relevant. The HL platform activities increase awareness, promotion of positive coverage in community by helping readers come and ask questions, leading to interesting and enriching conversations between human books and readers. Human books talk of their personal experiences and build an emotional connection with their readers. It increases human books’ ability to influence people.

6. How do you evaluate the project’s impact?
We assess the usefulness of activities (human library events) through baseline and endline assessment surveys, face-to-face feedback collected from “readers” and “human books” and indirect beneficiaries (quotes from participants of the photo/video materials, interviews), online feedback collected from the participants and indirect beneficiaries/audience throughout the project (comments on social media platforms).
 

7. Is there anything else would you like to share with us? 

Online you can also find links for short videos of our work in the Human Library program Video 1  [February 2020] and  Video 2 [November 2018]