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Quality food grown in just one square meter at Syrian and Turkish households

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Micro-gardening enables Turkish and Syrian women, together with the other household members, to grow quality and healthy vegetables in their living rooms, balconies or on their rooftops. Provided by UN Women to around 100 households, the soilless agriculture kits contribute to their economy and wellbeing in southeast Turkey and increase their access to livelihood and dietary diversity, amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

9 ways men can become allies for equal rights

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Gender equality and women’s rights are not just women’s issue, it is a human rights issue. Women combat for their rights every day everywhere. But to achieve an equal world for all, men should question power dynamics in their actions and words and take responsibility for change.

In the words of Zeynep Denli: “Women support women. We understand and empower each other”

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Zeynep Denli, 30, works as a social worker at the SADA Women's Empowerment and Solidarity Center run by UN Women in Gaziantep, a city in southern Turkey along the border with Syria. Financed by the European Union and the Government of Japan, the Center responds to the diverse needs of Turkish and Syrian women to economically and socially empower them and increase their resilience. As a social worker, Denli plays an essential role in responding to women’s needs under the new circumstances brought by COVID-19.

Women's care burden increased during the coronavirus pandemic in Turkey

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Women community leaders in Gaziantep supported vulnerable Turkish and Syrian women under temporary protection during the ‘stay at home’ measures that lasted between March and June, and referred women in need to service providers. Minevver Tuvarlak, who reached out to 80 women as a community leader, says that women experienced an increase in their household and care work, without sufficient support from their husbands.

In the words of Zahraa Hussein Mohsin: “I know that I am strong and that I can succeed.”

Thursday, August 6, 2020

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.

Gender assessments in Europe and Central Asia reveal pandemic’s devastating impact on women

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

A survey to assess the gendered impacts of COVID-19 on women’s and men’s lives and livelihoods in ten countries/territories across Europe and Central Asia has revealed dire findings.

Selma Faki and Safiye Mustafa: “Solidarity makes us shine together”

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Selma Faki and Safiye Mustafa are members of the SADA Women’s Cooperative set up by Turkish, Syrian and Afghan women in Gaziantep, a province in Turkey near the Syrian border. The city hosts more than 450,000 Syrians who fled the war. Selma Faki, 55, is a Syrian refugee and Safiye Mustafa, 34, is a local of Gaziantep. The Cooperative became their gateway to social and economic freedom, enabling them to heal, learn, form bonds and friendships, produce and co-create.

Press Release: UN Women Turkey marks World Refugee Day on the 10th Year of the War in Syria

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Since its outburst in 2011 the war in Syria has displaced millions of people. On the tenth year of the war Turkey is hosting over 3,5 million Syrians under temporary protection. Women and girls make up almost half of the Syrian population in Turkey while 60% of the population is under 25 years old. Like in all other crises and conflicts, women and girls are affected differently from the Syrian crisis than men and boys. Meanwhile, COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates already existing inequalities. As an increase in domestic violence is reported all around the globe under the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence emerges as a “shadow pandemic” and profoundly affects Syrian women and girls.

Turkish and Syrian women manifest solidarity to respond to COVID-19

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

To circumvent lockdown and social distancing measures, a group of women call to check in on vulnerable Turkish and Syrian women and offer support.

From where I stand: “Involved fatherhood helped us to get through the lockdown”

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Osman Doğan is a schoolteacher in Bursa, a north-western province of Turkey. He has a 12-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old son.

Fenerbahçe Sports Club strengthened its commitment to gender equality by signing Women's Empowerment Principles

Thursday, June 11, 2020

HeForShe Turkey partner Fenerbahçe Sports Club has become a signatory of the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs), which aim to empower women for equal participation in economic life in all sectors and at all levels.

Women confront pandemic-related violence against women across Europe and Central Asia

Monday, June 1, 2020

Both globally and across Europe and Central Asia, home confinement and stress brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated violence against women and girls. In most countries, women’s organizations, hotlines and front-liners have noted sharp increases in calls and reports from locked-down survivors afraid that they have nowhere to turn.

To combat COVID-19, UN Women is digitally empowering Turkish and Syrian women

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Turkey has taken lockdown measures to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. During confinement, digital skills become essential to reach services and information, communicate with people, learn and work. Together with Habitat Association, UN Women Turkey has provided trainings to improve the digital literacy of Turkish and Syrian women.

Take Five: “Periods don't stop for pandemics! Neither does the fight for gender equality!”

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

İlayda Eskitaşçioğlu, 26, is a human rights lawyer from Turkey, a Ph.D. student in International Human Rights Law and a member of the Beijing+25 Global Youth Task Force. She works to end stigma around menstruation through the NGO she founded, “We Need to Talk”. Although their field projects are disrupted due to COVID-19, Eskitaşçioğlu and her team continue their awareness efforts online.

Press Release: UN Women and prominent LPG company take action in Turkey as COVID-19 lockdowns see rise in domestic violence

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Aygaz, Turkey’s 18th largest company, and signatory to the UN Global Compact and Women's Empowerment Principles, is partnering with UN Women in Turkey to amplify the message: Say No to Domestic Violence!, as COVID-19 lockdowns see a rise in domestic violence.

HeForShe Turkey urges men to share responsibilities equally at home

Friday, May 8, 2020

The HeForShe solidarity movement launched the #HeForSheAtHome (#EvdeHeForShe in Turkish) campaign in Turkey. The campaign calls on men to share domestic and care work equally and invites them to share their stories on social media to inspire others. Celebrities started to support the campaign by sharing their messages on positive masculinities on social media.

Digital skills help Turkish women maintain an income amid COVID-19

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Despite stay-at-home measures and periodic lockdowns, Syrian and Turkish women are selling handcrafts and other products online, thanks to coding, computer literacy and Internet marketing skills they learned at Multi-Purpose Community Centres.

Amid COVID-19 lockdown in Turkey, UN Women runs campaign to curb violence against women and promote gender equality at home

Monday, May 4, 2020

UN Women Turkey is running an Instagram campaign designed to highlight the unfair care burden on women and encourage men to do their equal share. The campaign also aims to share with women and girls practical information on where and how they can seek help in case of violence.

UN Women Turkey is extending its outreach and impact through meaningful and strong private sector partnerships

Monday, May 4, 2020

UN Women Turkey is partnering with the business community and other UN agencies to conduct employers’ survey. The objective of this survey is to help the businesses understand gender dimensions of COVID-19 and better serve the needs of employees.

Fathers in Turkey take on more childcare responsibilities during COVID-19

Friday, May 1, 2020

As many people find themselves indoors due to the COVID-19 outbreak, fathers in Turkey are spending more time with their children and taking on more childcare and domestic responsibilities, thanks to the Father Support Programme, implemented by the civil society organization Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV).

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