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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.

In the words of Ayşegül Özdil: “Being here with refugee children has had a big impact on my life’’

Friday, May 3, 2019

Ayşegül Özdil is a kindergarten teacher at the SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre, in Gaziantep, near Turkey’s southern border with Syria. Established by UN Women and funded by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (the EU “Madad” Fund) and the Government of Japan, the SADA Centre supports the empowerment of refugee and host community women

In the words of Safiye Mustafa: “UN Women’s SADA resilience centre transformed my dreams into real plans”

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Safiye, 52, fled the war in Syria with her four children, leaving behind everything she had in Aleppo. After undergoing training at the SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre in Gaziantep, in southern Turkey, she is now determined to open a shoe atelier and rebuild her life in Turkey.

Refugee and Turkish women in Gaziantep joined to a Jazz workshop

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

On the occasion of International Jazz Day, UN Women office in Turkey organized a jazz music workshop for refugee and Turkish women in Gaziantep.

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.

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.

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