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Georgia’s First Azerbaijani Woman Remembers Deputy Forever

In the village of Karacalar in Gardabani, Georgia, the memory of Parikhanim Sofiyeva, the first democratically elected Muslim woman in the world, has been eternal.

AZERTAC reports that Georgian artist Ana Dedabrishvili has created a large-scale portrait of the first Muslim deputy, Ms. P.Sofiyeva.

The portrait was presented on December 10.

It has been reported that the painting was taken with the financial support of SOCAR and the initiative of the Mirabaldebi organization.

The event was attended by Anar Rasulov, the first secretary of the Azerbaijani ambassador to Georgia, Anar Suleymanov, deputy minister of peace and civil equality in Georgia, Vujar Mohammadov, deputy chairman of the Gardabani Governing Body, Ramin Sofiyev, representative of the Azerbaijani Community at the National Minority Council under the Tbilisi Governing Body, and relatives of P.Sofiyeva.

Anar Rasulov said that Perez Sofiyeva was the first Muslim woman to be elected democratically in the world. Her role in increasing the role of women in a free society would be undeniable. The Georgian state and non-governmental sector highly value P.Sofiyeva’s important role in history. Any steps taken towards perpetuating his name are commendable.

It has been reported that the name P. Sofia was given to one of the streets in Tbilisi. “We believe that women from the Azerbaijani Community will also be even more active in Georgia’s social-political life as citizens under P.Sofiyeva’s path,” the diplomat stressed.

In his speech, P.Sofiyeva’s grandson, Ali Sofiyev, highly esteemed the respect shown by both the Georgian and Azerbaijani government for the first female deputy. He noted that one of Tbilisi’s central streets was named after Perez Sofiyeva: “Such measures will continue. Recently, a training center will be opened in the village where Sofia was born.”

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