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Call for Proposals - Social and Economic Stabilization and Strengthening the Resilience of Refugee Women and Adolescent Girls in Turkey

Monday, March 18, 2019

UN Women Turkey Office invites non - governmental organisations legally established and operating in Turkey to submit proposals for providing requirements as defined in the Terms of Reference and Call for Proposal documents. This Call for Proposals, “Social and Economic Stabilization and Strengthening the Resilience of Refugee Women and Adolescent Girls in Turkey” aims to strengthen the existing initiatives that support refugees, implemented by the municipalities/local authorities and civil society organizations in Izmir. Women only spaces and programmes will be created to provide protection, livelihood support and social cohesion activities. More

Fenerbahçe Sports Club in Turkey features pioneer women athletes on International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Fenerbahçe Sports Club, which joined forces with the HeForShe movement to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in sport in Turkey, hosted an event on International Women’s Day for women athletes who pioneered the establishment of women’s volleyball and basketball teams in 1954, and won consecutive championships between 1954 and 1961. More

The youth discusses women’s rights and gender equality on International Women’s Day in Turkey

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

UN agencies in Turkey and the Embassy of Sweden in Ankara brought together university and high school students ahead of International Women’s Day to discuss the crucial role of youth as agents of change to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women's rights. More

International Women's Day around Europe and Central Asia

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

On and around International Women’s Day, 8 March, a rich diversity of initiatives celebrate women and girls, their limitless imagination, their joyous dreams and their boundless strength across Europe and Central Asia. UN Women, along with partners, organized events across the region, under the theme of “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, putting innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality. More

From Where I Stand: “I would like to see a better gender balance in technology and make it accessible to girls from underprivileged communities”

Friday, March 1, 2019

KizCode seeks to empower girls and young women from ethnic minorities and disadvantaged groups, using education techniques around making and playing. The project also aims to address their wellbeing and mental health, which are often overlooked. More

Take Five: “Patriarchal culture is one of the biggest barriers in ending violence against women”

Friday, February 22, 2019

Zita Gurmai is a Member of the Hungarian National Assembly, Vice-President of the Hungarian National Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and member of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Throughout her career she has supported numerous organizations aimed at promoting gender equality and women’s political participation. More

Surviving Violence, Helping Others to Access Justice

Friday, February 22, 2019

36-year-old Günçe Çetin, a successful lawyer from Ankara, the capital of Turkey, has suffered the trauma of intimate partner violence for several months between 2012 and 2014. She experienced physical, psychological, and economic violence at the hands of her boyfriend. More

Call for Proposals: Strengthening first line responders and empowering refugee women and girls in Turkey to combat and overcome SGBV

Monday, February 4, 2019

UN Women is inviting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academic institutions working in the areas of women’s empowerment, gender equality, violence against women, community engagement, conflict resolution, social inclusion, elimination of violence against women, refugee response and resilience to submit proposals to implement activities and deliver results under respective outputs mentioned in the CFP document. More

Take Five: “Gender-responsive budgeting is a crucial tool for gender equality”

Monday, February 4, 2019

Naim Çoban is the Head of the Strategic Development Department that operates under the Administrative Department in the Turkish Parliament. Administrative Department provides administrative and technical support to the General Assembly, committees, political party groups, and members of parliament. For the past few years, under the supervision of Administrative Department, Strategic Development Department is working on mainstreaming gender equality and gender-responsive budgeting in the parliament. UN Women provides technical expertise in exploring possible measures to enhance a gender- responsive parliamentary budget. More

Women’s groups to monitor the local elections in Turkey from gender equality perspective

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Ahead of the local elections in Turkey to be held in March, UN Women and the Women’s Coalition brought together more than 100 women from across the country to discuss the monitoring of the elections. More

Press Release: UN Women spotlighted gender equality as key to refugee response and humanitarian action

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Turkey hosts over 4 million Syrian refugees and 70 per cent of them are women and children. The International Conference hosted by UN Women in Turkey emphasized the importance of placing gender equality at the heart of refugee response and humanitarian action. More

From Where I Stand: “While firefighting is traditionally known as a men’s occupation, women can easily do it”

Friday, January 4, 2019

21-year-old Merve Erbay is the first-ever woman firefighter working in the Turkish Parliament. After graduating from a Medical High School, then the Department of Dialysis of a university, she decided to take a job as a firefighter to fulfil her passion for firefighting. More

Regional forum takes stock of the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Friday, December 28, 2018

Convened by the Government of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, UN Women, the European Union, and the Council of Europe (CoE), in partnership with European Women’s Lobby, the regional forum reviewed progress in fulfillment of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention. The forum took place within the framework of the EU-UN Women regional programme “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds". More

Take Five: “Our purpose is to support all women candidates who wish to stand for elections”

Monday, December 24, 2018

Canan Kalsın, the Chairperson of The Committee on Equality of Opportunity for Women and Men (EOC) in the Turkish Parliament, has been active in politics for more than 15 years and has worked in several positions in her political party. As Chairperson of EOC, she collaborates with UN Women in promoting women’s political participation and leadership as part of the “Gender Equality in Political Leadership and Participation in Turkey” project. She is leading the Committee in achieving equal opportunities between women and men, advancing women’s rights, and mainstreaming gender equality in the parliament. More

“Equality empowers everyone!” call women candidates in Turkey

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

87 women from different political parties and civil society organizations in Adana and Gaziantep, made a joint statement calling for more gender equality in politics at workshops organized by UN Women. More

TAKE FIVE: “Femicide is fueled by patriarchal social norms and changing minds is of utmost importance”

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Kosana Beker spoke to UN Women about her investigation and the importance of effective prevention and protection approaches to end femicides in Serbia. More

In the words of Nur Omar: “I’ve healed the wounds of war and feel more confident about my future”

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Aiman Umarova is an acclaimed Kazakhstani lawyer and human rights activist who specializes in sexual offences against women and children, and crimes related to violent extremism and torture. She has dedicated her life to fight violence against women, despite facing threats of violence herself. More

Media advisory: Promoting the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Friday, November 23, 2018

Regional Forum: Promoting Implementation of Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey “Integrated policies, inclusive partnerships” More

Press Release: Fenerbahçe Sports Club levels the playing field for gender equality

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Fenerbahçe Sports Club, one of the oldest and most popular sports clubs in Turkey, joined forces with the HeForShe movement to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in sport. As a result of this unique collaboration, Fenerbahçe aims to set an example globally by pioneering a number of initiatives in the sports community through the “Equal Together” movement until the end of 2019. As part of the collaboration, Fenerbahçe Football Club Soccer Team will be wearing the HeForShe logo on their right arm throughout the 2018-2019 season. More

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