600 women from all around Turkey met for equality

01 Jul 2013

600 women from different cities in Turkey met for equality in the “Third Convention of Women’s Civil Society Organizations” which was held in Ankara.

New Horizons - The “Third Convention of Women’s Civil Society Organizations”, which was held on 21-22-23 June, gathered up hundreds of representatives of women’s organizations which have different areas of expertise, priorities and working traditions, but have “women empowerment” as a common objective.

Women talked of a world without shelter, the possibilities to develop a policy together, the struggle against discrimination, current political problems and women labour and employment.

The convention was organized with the support of UNDP and the secretariat of the convention is executed by the Flying Broom Women’s Communication and Research Association. The executive committee of the convention consists of the Women’s Labour and Employment Initiative (KEİG) Platform, Turkish Federation of Women’s Associations (TKDF), Turkish Women’s Union (TKB), Capital City Women’s Platform (BKP) and Association for the Support of Women Candidates (KA.DER).

Discrimination and obstacles for women’s movement were on the agenda

Various issues were discussed in the workshops which were carried out from morning to night during three days.

Femicides, child brides, the institution of family, Avoiding and Monitoring Violence Centers (ŞÖNİM), cooperation of public-civil society organizations, political participation, women friendly cities and the right to involve in local decision-making mechanisms, equality units in the cities are some of the issues which will be discussed during three days.

At the end of the convention, a final declaration was drafted on the basis of discussions held throughout these three days.

In the declaration, it was acknowledged that women want to build peace in every aspect of life and they want active participation of women in every stage of this process.

Fulfilment of every international commitment including CEDAW on gender equality and elimination of discrimination against women and provision and implementation of a sustainable and determined women policy were demanded in the declaration.


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