Women/human rights and social justice activist in Azerbaijan
As a legal counsel/ trainer/expert Khalisa worked at local NGOs for more than 11 years. She specialized in inter-family law, domestic violence, gender and human rights. She is Project Support Officer on Legislation and Policies for UNFPA Azerbaijan.
She prepared proposals on improvement of the Law “Prevention of Domestic Violence” and “Article 144-1 and other relevant articles of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan defining the structure of the crime of trafficking in human beings”. Furthermore, she organized a series of measurements on joining the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe Convention on “Action against Trafficking in Human Beings” (the Convention ratified: 23 June 2010).
She graduated from Riga Graduate School of Law in Public International Law and Human Rights with her masters thesis focusing on domestic violence as a violation of the fundamental human rights, taking a full scholarship from the Open Society Foundation.
In 2011-2012, she was teaching a domestic violence and gender studies to third grade classes in Azerbaijan University. In 2010, Khalisa participated in elections as a candidate to the member of the Milli Majlis (parliament) of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Despite she was participating in the election for the first time, she was the 3rd among 7 candidates.
Khalisa is also a Member of Board of the US-Educated Azerbaijani Alumni Association (AAA) and European Movement Azerbaijan (EMA).