Six more candidates for women friendly city

01 Aug 2011

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The second phase of the ‘Women Friendly Cities Project’ which is being implemented by the Ministry of Interior in partnership with the United Nations and the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency has been launched.

New Horizons - Six new cities are joining the Women Friendly Cities Project which aims to strengthen gender equality at the local level in Turkey..

The new candidate cities of the project; Antalya, Bursa, Gaziantep, Malatya, Mardin and Samsun have all signed the “Women Friendly City Commitment” on the 6th of July to become the new women friendly cities of Turkey.

The commitments were signed by the governorship and municipality representatives of the candidate cities.

Within the second phase, activities will be carried out to promote gender equality at the neighborhood level in İzmir, Kars, Nevşehir, Şanlıurfa, Trabzon and Van which have been part of the first phase (2006-2010) of the Women Friendly Cities Project.

Furthermore, capacities of local authorities and women NGOs will be strengthened through establishing local equality mechanisms, and development of local equality action plans in Antalya, Bursa, Gaziantep, Malatya, Mardin and Samsun which have joined the project recently.

The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Interior General Directorate of Local Authorities with the technical support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the financial contribution of the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA).