One of the linchpins of a democratic order based on the principle of the rule of law is individuals’ and social groups’ critical perception and internalization of their rights and their capability to exercise these rights both in their own lives, and with the aim of promoting social change for the realization of these rights for all.
Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR) – New Ways forms pressure groups and organizes advocacy campaigns on national and international levels for legal reforms and implementation of laws that will further women’s human rights. Undertaking advocacy efforts to influence national and international decision making mechanisms, that is to say devising our own alternatives and advocating for them beyond only voicing our protest and assuming a reactionary position, is one of the important working methods we employ toward the establishment and maintaining of a non-discriminatory legal framework that safeguards women’s human rights on the national and international levels. WWHR-New Ways pursues these efforts by directly getting in contact with and targeting decision making mechanisms and individuals, influencing public opinion through the press, radio and television stations, creating pressure groups and organizing advocacy campaigns together with other organizations, while also supporting and disseminating its demands through publications, brochures, discussions and research.
International documents, conventions and agreements Turkey is party to, and achievements in other countries are among significant reference points for our work in this program area. The importance of introducing measurable criteria to obligations governments in Turkey are bound to by international law in terms of time and fulfillment becomes evident in advocacy efforts. WWHR is committed to monitoring and following up on these obligations and their implementation.
We believe that working on local, national, regional and international levels and sharing experiences and progress in all these spheres is of great significance to the advancement of rights. We participate in UN processes both to transmit our efforts and demands for gender equality and women’s human rights on the local, national and regional levels to the international arena, and to contribute to the advancement of women’s human rights and human rights globally. On the international level, WWHR actively participates in various activities such as initiating or joining international movements; building bridges between national and international spheres; initiating or partaking in solidarity and advocacy networks.
Since its foundation, WWHR-New Ways has been working on sexuality and sexual rights with a holistic approach; since 1999 sexuality in Muslim societies has been one of our priority program areas. The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR), established in 2001, of which we are one of the co-founders, is the first international solidarity network working in this sphere. CSBR is comprised of NGOs, academicians and researchers advocating for sexual and bodily rights as human rights in Muslim societies. In the framework of this program area, WWHR-New Ways publishes a wide array of publications; engages in advocacy efforts at the national, regional and UN levels; organizes regional and international meetings and conferences; as well as developing and conducting trainings on sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).