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Esma Bekkar, from Syria, has been living in Gaziantep province, Turkey since she and her family escaped from the war in 2017. As part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign, she attended the “Creating a Violence-free World” workshop, implemented by the UN Women Refugee Response Programme in partnership with the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants’ (SGDD-ASAM).
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Mürfet Cacul, a mother of three boys, escaped Syria to Gaziantep, Turkey in 2013. Having been exposed to various types of violence in the past, she joined the “Creating a Violence-free World” workshop held as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign. Cacul expresses her views about how dialogue changed her attitude to violence.
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Esther Obi is a United Kingdom (UK) citizen who is now based in Zurich, Switzerland where she works as a writer and freelance journalist. She is one of authors contributing to  UN Women’s Awake Not Sleeping fairy tales initiative . She is also an anti-racism advocate and activist dedicated to abolishing the various stigmas that black people, and black women in particular, face in society. She is developing a digital documentary about the lives of young, black professionals living in...
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Zahraa Hussein Mohsin is a young Iraqi woman who came to İzmir, Turkey, in 2015. Zahraa is benefiting from the services of the Women’s Solidarity Center, run by UN Women in partnership with the Refugee Support Center (MUDEM). Despite struggling with serious kidney disease, Zahraa is determined to learn new skills and be independent, which she says is exactly what the Center is helping her do.
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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.
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In the words of Gulnara Baimambetova, a 57-year-old Kyrgyz woman who has spent more than 36 years advocating for the social and economic rights of rural women through the Women Entrepreneurs Support Association (WESA), which is a grantee of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality.