Women try to make their voices heard Saturday, June 23, 2007 by Sevin Turan, Turkish Daily News Women from all around Turkey came together yesterday to propose a roadmap for their future. The third coordination and planning meeting of the Women's Human Rights education Program (K.HEP) of the Women for Women's Human Rights-New Ways (K.H-YÇ) foundation and was attended by 70 women from 20 different cities of Turkey including Ad.yaman, Ayd.n, Çanakkale, Siirt and Istanbul. K.H-YÇ is a nongovernmental organization operating for the last 12 years supporting the struggle by women for equal and free living against all injustice. .pek .lkkaracan, director of the foundation's management board, explained the group's aim as creating a difference in the lives of women in Turkey and to make their voices heard, a right that they have long been deprived of. Working in collaboration with the Social Services and Child Protection Agency (SHÇEK), K.H-YÇ has reached about 5,000 women in 36 cities across Turkey and tried to increase their awareness of womanhood. Rather than creating a school class environment, the workshops of K.HEP are based on round table meetings in which women share their experiences with each other. The topics of discussions include women's constitutional, civil, political and sexual rights, deconstruction of gender stereotypes and new technologies in fertility and childcare. However, one of the workshop leaders, Songül Eyder from Istanbul, underlined the fact that women attending these meetings are not the most marginal cases because the priorities differ. "If they are living in wretched poverty, the priority of the women is to struggle with their poverty. Constitutionally guaranteed property rights do not make any sense if they do not have any property," said Eyder. As the parliamentary elections process got underway, group leaders asked the women about their expectations of the new government during the workshops, and collected their answers under the heading "Our Expectations from the New Government." The aim of the declaration, which is being circulated through the media, is to draw the attention of politicians to women's issues and to subsequently affect their election strategies. © 2005 Dogan Daily News Inc. http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=76558 ======== Global Human Rights Education listserv ======= Send mail intended for the list to < >. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education/ **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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