Coalitions and Networks we are members of
Women’s Labor and Employment Initiative (KEIG)
Women’s Labor and Employment Initiative (KEIG) Platform has been founded in 2007 by women working in the field of women’s labor and employment; currently it has 28 member women’s organizations in 13 provinces. With the aim of influencing law and policy making, the Platform is working to voice the common demands of women’s organizations working in the field of women’s labor and employment.
As part of its work the Platform organizes meetings and workshops, releases press statements, conducts research, prepares publications, works with other women’s networks in Turkey on these issues, and conveys the formulated policies and demands to relevant institutions and organizations.
The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) was founded in 2001 as a solidarity network by organizations, activists and academicians actively working on and advocating for sexual and bodily rights as a human rights in the Middle East and North Africa. Upon demands from other organizations working in this field, CSBR expanded to include NGOs and institutions from South and Southeast Asia in 2004, carrying out activities in both regions and the international level. Co-founded by WWHR-New Ways, the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies advocates that sexual, bodily and reproductive rights are fundamental human rights of all people, and that everyone has the right to decide freely on matters related to their sexuality, body and reproductive life without being subject to discrimination, and undertakes advocacy, training, research and networking activities to this end.
The European NGOs for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Population and Development (EuroNGOs) is a regional network of European based NGOs that promote comprehensive and progressive sexual and reproductive health and rights in development cooperation and global policies.
Platform to End Violence
The Platform to End Violence was founded in 2011 during efforts mobilized for the new anti-violence law in order to facilitate the advocacy process, enable the prompt flow of information to women’s organizations, establish relations with the media and better organize the advocacy efforts around the law. The Platform made up of 236 women’s organizations working in various regions of Turkey played an extremely active role in the drafting and adoption of the law. Along with numerous other women’s platforms, through the intense efforts and contributions of the Platform to End Violence, on March 8, 2012 the Law number 6284 on the Protection of the Family and Prevention of Violence against Women was adopted. To date, numerous activities, discussions and flow of information on the anti-violence law continue to be organized through this network.
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Women’s Initiative for Peace
Women’s Initiative for Peace was founded in May 2009 by women who have been working together at different times in women’s peace groups since 1990s as a culmination of the struggle against patriarchy and war. . The Initiative created by women who believe that both peace and the conditions of peace can only be possible by taking the “women’s say” into account, objects to and struggles against policies created by administrations that exclude women, which result in the spending of money that should be allocated for the education, health, safety and self-development of women, and the protection of the earth on war, military operations, bombs and mines.
İstanbul Feminist Collective
The collective comprised of women who do feminist politics in İstanbul.
Cairo +20 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Platform
The United Nations (UN) International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) that took place in Cairo, Egypt in 1994 and the ICPD Program of Action constituted an important reference point for the Ministry of Health, public institutions and civil society in Turkey. This international document recognizes sexual and reproductive health and rights in scope of fundamental human rights on the basis of population, sustainable development and women’s empowerment.
As referenced in the Platform name, Cairo +20, a 20 year review of the ICPD Program of Action will be held in 2014 with a UN General Assembly meeting with the participation of all member states. At this conference referred to as ICPD+20, the post-2014 agenda in the framework of the Cairo Program of Action will be established. Another UN process of utmost importance running parallel to the ICPD process is the “UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Process” where all countries of the United Nations will convene in 2015 and determine the content of global sustainable development goals for the post-2015 period.
Cairo +20 and Sustainable Development Goals Platform has been founded with the mission of ensuring the recognition and lifelong protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights of all individuals in Turkey in the framework of gender equality and placing these rights at the center of sustainable development.