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Baku



Are there problems with ethnic or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

Yes, some gender inequality. My children are biracial and there's a lot of unwanted attention given to them. - Mar 5, 2017
Women are rapidly becoming equals but this is still a male-dominated society. The Muslim influence is light but ever-present here. There is more of a Soviet feel to the city than a Middle-Eastern feeling to Baku. - Jul 4, 2015
Women don't drive here much. As a woman driving I get some strange looks, but no problems. Any religious proselytizing is strictly illegal, but quiet alternate religious activity is allowed. As for personal prejudices, I haven't had experience either way. From what I've seen, Azeris view foreigners fairly tolerantly and like a mildly funny joke. - Jan 29, 2013
Not quite sure -- possibly. - Dec 22, 2011
It is a very male-dominated society. - Sep 9, 2010
Yes. Foreigners are cheated constantly (taxi and markets), and it is expected/accepted. Women are treated very poorly. - Aug 21, 2010
No - Oct 1, 2009
They hate female drivers. They look at us like we don"t know what we are doing and tend to try to run us off the road more so then the men. - Nov 5, 2008
This is a Muslim country so women are not usually in positions of authority. - Sep 29, 2008
It's rare to see women out alone (especially at night) or in any kind of management position. - Sep 9, 2008