The suicide of 14-year-old Elina Hajiyeva has raised an issue long present but little talked about in Azerbaijani society — bullying. While outrage at the school and the government’s handling of her death has led to a criminal investigation, it is yet to be seen if real changes will be made to tackle the roots of the problem. [Read more…]
A 14-year-old girl has been attacked in Baku after organising a commemoration ceremony for Elina Hajiyeva, a schoolgirl who committed suicide two weeks ago after being bullied at school.
In the Internet age, discussions of bullying are becoming more global. In Azerbaijan, such discussions shed light on attitudes in the country towards violence, masculinity, and honour. The toughest lessons in these are often forced on children on the school grounds, and can lead to lasting trauma. [Read more…]