Opening of the first women’s empowerment center in Turkey in basket

Opening of the first women’s empowerment center in Turkey in basket

The Ankara Metropolitan Municipality has innovated in the fight against violence against women. Metropolitan Mayor Mansur Yavaş, who opened the first “Women’s Empowerment Center” in Turkey, said: “We are innovating in Turkey with this project, we are proud and happy about it. We now have a women’s empowerment center in Ankara where we can act together for women and share your experiences and our work. We know that the more we unite, the more women we can reach.

The Women’s Empowerment Center project, hosted by the Metropolitan Municipality of Ankara and supported by the Netherlands Embassy through the MATRA Social Transformation and Human Rights Grants Program, was implemented for the first time in Turkey in the capital.

The Women’s Empowerment Center, which will work under the coordination of the Women’s Counseling Center and the General Directorate of Projects of the Department of Women and Family Services of the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, has been put into operation. on the occasion of the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, November 25”. .

The opening of the “Women Empowerment Center” held at the Youth Park Women’s Counseling Center; Mayor of Ankara Metropolitan Municipality Mansur Yavaş, Secretary General of Metropolitan Municipality Reşit Serhat Taşkınsu, Deputy Secretary General Faruk Çınkı, Bureaucrats of Metropolitan Municipality, UNICEF, UN WOMEN, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations Fund for Refugees United Nations Population, Ankara Bar Association and NGOs, universities and women’s associations representatives were also present.

ANOTHER PRINCIPLE HAS BEEN SIGNED IN TURKEY

Noting that they have implemented many projects for women in 2.5 years, the Mayor of Ankara Metropolitan Municipality, Mansur Yavaş, made the following assessments in his opening speech:

“We published the Purple Map, the Bulletin of Women and Children for the first time in 2.5 years. We went to see thousands of women who could not come to us in mobile vehicles, we started training on women’s health in rural areas, we strengthened our counseling units for women in 7 rural districts. We implemented our local equality action plan, offered opportunities to 9 women’s cooperatives in the Başkent market, signed a free lawyer protocol for women with the Ankara Bar Association and implemented secure station and non-stop download application. We have opened our 7/24 anti-violence hotline, and in order to reduce this distance we are now opening our Women’s Empowerment Center with the Embassy of the Netherlands. As a municipality, we have also created our Department of Women and Family Services. We still have a long way to go. “

Stating that a first had been achieved with the Women’s Empowerment Center, Yavaş continued his speech as follows:

“With this project, we are innovating in Turkey, we are proud and happy about it. We now have a women’s empowerment center in Ankara where we can act together for women and share your experiences and our work. Our request from you is to direct your students and volunteers specializing in this field to our common non-governmental space. We know that the more we unite, the more women we can reach. We started handing out promotional cards for the Women’s Empowerment Center to deliver to the buses and everyone. I would also like to thank the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for its support of the project.

WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT MECHANISM

Erik Westrate, Undersecretary of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, who attended the opening, said he was happy to be at the opening of the Women’s Empowerment Center on behalf of the Dutch Embassy and said:

“The Women’s Empowerment Center project is supported by the Dutch government’s MATRA grant program. The project will be carried out for 24 months by the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality Women’s Advisory Center and the Projects Directorate. Now, it will be enough for women to knock on that door to get the support they need. “

With the project, it aims to build on the existing work of the Women’s Counseling Center as part of the Women’s Empowerment Center, shift to an NGO-based service model, and enable universities to conduct studies on women with local governments. . The center, which will develop a new mechanism for women living in Ankara, will create a digital infrastructure and include the women’s studies departments of 9 NGOs and 4 universities.

THESIS STUDENTS WILL ALSO WORK IN THE PROJECT WHICH WILL CONTINUE UNTIL 2023

In the center where students of the feminist studies department of universities can work on a voluntary basis with appropriate thesis studies, NGOs operating in certain fields of study in Ankara will also be able to continue their activities.

Stating that the sustainability of the center will be ensured by the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality after the project, which will end in September 2023, the Head of Women and Family Services Department, Serkan Yorgancılar, said: “Our project will continue. for 24 months. Women will be able to get the service they want very easily from here. I believe that very important work will be done not only in terms of violence against women, but also in terms of the empowerment of women.

Elif Çelikcan, one of the Per Girl platform volunteers, said: “We are very happy to be a part of such a valuable project as the Per Girl team. It is also important that this is a first in Turkey. In order to be able to provide support while fully supporting women victims of violence, NGOs, universities and municipalities must cooperate. In this sense, the Women’s Empowerment Center has become a project where we put the finger exactly on this point. are very happy.

Mara R. Wilmoth