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In the words of Sehnaz Kiymaz Bahceci: “Women and LGBTIQ individuals need governments that stand up behind their commitments”

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Sehnaz Kiymaz Bahceci is the representative of the Women for Women’s Human Rights `New ways`, which aims to promote women's human rights, equality and non-discrimination in Turkey. In her interview, Ms. Bahceci speaks about the key takeaways from the events and why governments need to stand up behind their commitments towards gender equality.

Fenerbahce Sports Club in Turkey drives powerful campaign to urge for an end to violence against women

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Fenerbahce Sports Club, one of the biggest in Turkey, drove a powerful communications campaign for the 16 Days of Activism campaign to raise awareness about and call for the elimination of violence against women and girls.

In the words of Ilayda Eskitaşçioğlu: “2020 is the year of gender equality, and a year for reflection”

Friday, December 6, 2019

Ilayda Eskitaşçioğlu, 26, is a human rights lawyer and a member of the Beijing+25 Global Youth Task Force from Turkey. She is a Ph.D. student in International Human Rights Law and founder of the NGO “We need to talk”, aimed at fighting stigma around menstruation for rural women in Turkey and to provide access to sanitary materials. She attended the Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting, which took place from 29-30 October 2019.

SADA Women’s Cooperative ranks among the top 10 projects at the Paris Peace Forum

Friday, November 29, 2019

Founded by Turkish, Syrian and Afghan women, the SADA Women’s Cooperative has been selected as one of the most successful 10 projects out of 100 at the Paris Peace Forum that took place from 11-13 November.

UN Women urges to ‘Light the Dark’ to end violence against women

Thursday, November 28, 2019

UN Women in Turkey draws attention to violence against women and girls in public spaces with the “Light the Dark” campaign during 16 Days of Activism.

First open-air lighting installation exhibition opened in Ankara to say no to violence against women

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Turkey’s first public open-air lighting installation exhibition opened to visitors in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, to call for a world free from violence against women and girls. Organized by UN Women, in collaboration with the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, Çankaya Municipality and the Embassy of Sweden in Turkey, ‘Light the Dark’ lighting installation exhibition uses lighting designs to draw attention to different forms of violence against women.

From where I stand: “I don’t want to marry off my daughter at an early age – I want her to attend school”

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Firyal Cizawi, a Syrian refugee residing in Turkey, shares how her perspective changed on gender equality and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) after attending an EU-UN Women awareness-raising workshop on women’s rights under Turkish law and the negative consequences of CEFM.

Take five: “If fathers are more aware of gender inequality, they are less prone to discriminate between boys and girls”

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Hasan Deniz is Fatherhood Programs Director for Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV), a civil society organization in Turkey that designs and conducts educational programmes for children, parents, and young women in need across the country. AÇEV is currently implementing a project on innovative strategies that promote favourable attitudes and behaviours towards gender equality and ending violence against women under the framework of the EU-UN Women regional programme...

Syrian women help shape the first Global Refugee Forum

Monday, October 28, 2019

Syrian refugee women from Gaziantep shared their experiences, insights and recommendations as part of the preparation for the first Global Refugee Forum.

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.

High-level panel discusses ways of preventing violence against women in politics

Thursday, October 17, 2019

UN Women organized a high-level panel discussion in Ankara, capital of Turkey, in October to explore how to prevent violence against women in politics. The discussion brought together Members of Parliament from different political parties, representatives from the Embassy of Sweden, the Ankara Municipality Council, civil society as well as international experts.

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.

The media’s portrayal of gender gets students’ attention in Turkey

Friday, October 4, 2019

Eye opening, inspiring and confronting is how some university students describe their chance to explore gender portrayal in the media during a recent UN Women organized training in Turkey. The training, which involved nearly 100 students, is the first of several planned for 2020 across the country.

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.

Syrian and Turkish women get social and economic boost in southeastern Turkey

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Female refugees from Syria and Turkish women in the southeast of Turkey will have the chance to improve their lives through a new Government of Japan-funded project set to provide holistic support – ranging from counseling to job skills development.

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.

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