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Ask a professor: What steps should Turkey take to achieve gender equality by 2030?

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Professor Yakın Ertürk, based in Ankara, is a researcher and retired professor of Sociology, with academic interests in human rights, gender equality, violence against women, and conflict and peace. During the Special Session of the General Assembly on Beijing +5 in 2000, she was the Director of the UN Division for the Advancement of Women.

Regional forum puts forth solutions to end violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Key governmental, regional, and civil society leaders came together in a regional forum in Tirana to commit their efforts and discuss progress toward the elimination of violence against women in the region.

North Macedonia hosts third sub-regional consultation on 25 years of commitments to gender equality

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Skopje, 2 October 2019 – Around 60 Representatives from the Western Balkans and Turkey gathered in Skopje, the Republic of North Macedonia, to discuss common achievements and challenges encountered in implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This Beijing+25 Sub-Regional Expert Consultation is the third in a series across Europe and Central Asia region that will contribute to the Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting at the end of this month in Geneva.

1,000 Syrian and Turkish women will benefit from social and economic support in southeastern Turkey

Thursday, September 26, 2019

1,000 Syrian refugee and Turkish women will gain improved protection and livelihood opportunities through a new UN Women initiative launched on 25 September 2019, in Şanlıurfa, southeastern Turkey.

From the war in Syria to top 100 of Paris

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Ümmühan, Hadice, and Zukaa are among the 50 women of the SADA Women’s Cooperative, set up in March 2019 by Syrian, Turkish and Afghan women in Gaziantep. Currently active in three sectors, the cooperative produces shoe-leather bags, does catering and makes home textiles. After only three months in operation, the Paris Peace Forum selected the Cooperative as one of the most successful 100 initiatives in the field of economic inclusion.

Turkey's famous Fenerbahçe Sports Club steps up its commitment to tearing down gender barriers

Friday, August 30, 2019

One of the oldest and most popular sports clubs in Turkey, with a large fan base of 25 million around the world, Fenerbahce Sports Club, aims to set an example globally by becoming gender-sensitive and inclusive sports club, thanks to UN Women`s HeForShe collaboration. Twenty-four Fenerbahce Sports Club staff are now trainers in gender equality and women’s rights after successfully completing a three-day trainer-of-trainers session, entitled: `Gender Equality Seminars’ on 31 July 2019.

In the words of Meltem Akkaya: "It is important to get to know each other because our prejudice may turn out to be wrong"

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Akkaya is a Turkish woman attending courses at UN Women’s SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre in Gaziantep in the southeast of Turkey. Co-financed by the European Union and the Government of Japan, and run in partnership with Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants, and International Labour Organisation, the center offers livelihood, psycho-social, referral and vocational training for both refugee and local women. Akkaya spoke to UN Women about how her experience at the Center helped strengthen social cohesion and solidarity in her community.

Women leaders in Turkey build solidarity to end violence against women in politics

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

After the March 2019 local elections in Turkey, UN Women organized ‘Experience Sharing’ workshops for the women candidates who ran for elections. More than 100 women from different political parties and provinces, as well as representatives of civil society organizations, who also attended the Local Politics Workshops, organized before the elections, came together to discuss negotiation techniques and build solidarity network.

Forced and early marriages leave both girls and boys behind

Monday, July 29, 2019

UN Women workshops in Turkey introduce participants to upcoming perception research on men’s attitudes and beliefs towards early and forced marriages

Women’s organizations review accomplishments of the regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Thursday, July 25, 2019

At least 3,500 women, including minority women, are gaining a better understanding of their rights and of how to access available services when facing violence. Over 250 organizations are better equipped to monitor and report on human rights legal instruments and push for the development and implementation of comprehensive and coordinated policies on violence against women.

Donors and partners visit Syrian refugee women in Turkey, vowing continued support to SADA Women-only Center

Friday, July 19, 2019

Donors and partners met with refugee and local women during their visit on 11 July to the SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Center in Gaziantep in the southeast of Turkey to take stock of the progress of UN Women’s refugee response programme.

University students examine how the media portrays gender in Turkey

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Nearly 40 students from Ankara University, Hacettepe University, TED University, Gazi University and Hacı Bayram Veli University came together to discuss gender equality, the portrayal and representation of women and the language used in media, with a focus on the coverage of women politicians.

Compelled and empowered, Syrian refugees changing traditional gender norms

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Empowered by UN Women, Syrian refugees are changing traditional gender norms. UN Women's SADA Empowerment and Solidarity Centre in Gaziantep, a southeastern Turkish province near the border with Syria, has been providing refugees and local women with livelihood, psycho-social, referral support and vocational training.

From where I stand: “A whole new life began and now I have a dream”

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hatice Muhammet is a survivor of domestic violence and a refugee from Syria. She is one of more than 5,000 refugees and Turkish women registered at the SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre, which offers livelihood and psycho-social support and vocational training in Gaziantep in southeastern Turkey near the border with Syria.

Call for Proposals- Technical Support for Strengthening NGO Capacities for Monitoring the Policies on and the Practices of Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM)

Friday, May 17, 2019

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) is inviting women civil society organizations (CSOs), women CSO networks and platforms working in the area of ending violence against women to submit proposals to provide technical support to NGOs for their effective monitoring of policies and the local action plans on preventing CEFM in Adana, Gaziantep, İzmir and Kars.

Women candidates in Turkey’s elections get ready to take up their new roles in local government

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

On March 31, Turkish citizens cast their vote to select local administrators for the next five years. , In the election lead-up, UN Women held skills-building workshops to empower women candidates.

Kosovo to amend its Constitution to recognize the Istanbul Convention

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention, sets comprehensive standards to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence.

Kosovo increases capacities on implementing the Istanbul Convention

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

In a process initiated by the Caucus of Women Members of Parliament, the Constitutional Court of Kosovo , granted full permission for an amendment of the Constitution’s Article 22 to include the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence...

From where I stand: “We want to engage young men and boys in the fight to end violence against women and girls”

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

In the context of the EU-UN Women regional programme on ending violence against women: “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”, the Center for Modern Skills is working with young men and boys to prevent violence against women and girls.

From Where I Stand: “A woman needs to be strong and stand on her own feet”

Friday, May 3, 2019

After surviving many hardships in Turkey, Sahem Hussein discovered the SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre, which provides livelihood skills and psycho-social services to refugee and local women in Gaziantep, near Turkey’s southern border with Syria.

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