Amargi Projects

Current Projects

  • Organizing an international solidarity campaign to support Pınar Selek in her lawsuit with the Turkish state. For more information click here.
  • Making discussions about the constitution of Turkish Republic and collecting suggestions from a feminist perspective for the ongoing constitutional drafting process in Turkey.
  • Organizing a Middle Eastern Women Conference which will be held in Spring 2012.
  • Organizing weekly English discussions for all women interested in advancing their English-speaking skills. 
  • Organizing Wendo Workshops: Self-defense classes that are used to teach women protective techniques as well as raising self esteem.
  • Organizing Sexuality and Gender Workshops: These workshops focus on body politics and sexuality. We ask questions ourselves about how we perceive our bodies and through a feminist perspective question norms related to gender, sexual orientation, and sexual identity. For more information click here.
  • Organizing Body Movement Workshops: These workshops focus on expressing oneself through the movement of the whole body, instead of one’s voice. For more information click here.
  • Organizing Amargi Camps: In these member only retreats, Amargi members discuss the strategies and goals of the organization in a relaxed environment.

Please contact us if you are interested in participating in our projects.

Collaborative Works

  • Amargi is a member of the Istanbul Feminist Collective. The collective follows a campaign to raise the awareness about the murder of women in Turkey. 
  • Amargi is a member of VanMorDayanışma Coalition, which is a feminist solidarity group for the earthquake survivors in Van. This coalition organizes the required support and counselling for women and children who are suffered from the eartquake in Van. Some of Amargi members will go to Van voluntarily in January 2012 to give some supportive trainings and counselling and do volunteer work needed.
  • Amargi both forms committees with other women’s organizations and they themselves take initiative in improving women’s human rights in Turkey. Amargi has started the Women’s Coalition against Sexual Violence which is organized and has the participation of 28 women’s groups all over Turkey. The coalition drafted a law that would force the government to open rape crisis centers in Turkey. Many parliament members from different political parties met with the coalition and offered their support of the law. The coalition is carrying out a campaign to raise public awareness on sexual violence and to gain public support for the rape crisis centers. The signature campaign for the law draft is available here (in Turkish).

Future Projects

  • Feminist bookstore will be reopened in January 2012.
  • Feminist discussions will be continued to be held every Saturday with the beginning of 2012. This time, we will concentrate on the third wave of feminist movement and beyond. To learn more about this visit this post.
  • A book about the oral history of Amargi members will be published as a commentary on feminism in Turkey in Fall 2012.

Past Projects (a selection)

  • Organized Feminist Discussions: The discussion serie lasted for 15 weeks from February 2011 until June 2011. It was focused mainly to the first and second wave feminist movements and their reflections to Turkey. A book will be published soon as a result of the discussions. For more information click here.
  • For four years Amargi had the Amargi Cafe, a comfortable cafe and with fresh food every day at a good price. Customers could eat, drink tea, and talk to friends. Sometimes Amargi meetings were held in the cafe, and it provided interesting discussions to partake in. 
  • Organized a Queer Cinema Workshop: This workshop screened films that deal with queer topics for example Trans*, intersexuality, feminist and lesbian activism, sexwork and the (social) construction of gender. The films were followed by an open discussion group about themes of the movie and how they relate to queer. An evaluation of this project you can find here.
  • Organized a Literature Workshop: This workshop was organized twice once during 2008-2009 and again in 2009-2010. It was moderated by Aslı Güneş and the book “Kadınlar Dile Gelince” was published as a result of the discussions.
  • Organized a Movie Workshop:  Took place during 2009-2010 and was moderated by Aslı Güneş. The book on the workshop will be published soon.
  • Organized a Sex Workers Workshop: Amargi organized and hosted presentations about sex workers and sex work six times. In these presentations, different legal structures and models from around the world have been presented in contrast to the system in Turkey. Information on legal rights of sex workers has also been given.
  • For the Deneyimlerimiz Hangi Kapıları Açıyor Tartışma serisi Amargi invited writers, poets, theorists, and scholars from various backgrounds to discuss different feminist issues (ie. women in literature, media, poems, literature and philosophy, feminist morality). The main goal of this workshop was to make different women’s experiences visible.
  • Organized feminist lessons about gender in 2004 (Feminist Eleştiri ve Toplumsal Cinsiyet Dersleri). On the official Amargi website you can find more information in Turkish about these lessons.
  • Organized the campaign Ne seninim Ne kara Toprağın to raise awareness about honor killings (2004).
  • Organized, in 2004, a workshop about Heterosexism.
  • Foundation of an Amargi Theater Group (2003-2005).
  • Konya Buluşması (Meeting): Meeting in 2002 that including women from all across Turkey; a key part being to organize with Kurdish women. The overall goal was to highlight that women’s suffering is a universal problem around Turkey regardless of one’s class, location, and ethnic background. Women wanted to create a united front in which to fight against male violence.
  • Organized Duygu Asena Award Night: A jury that was formed through the cooperation of PEN Women Writers Committee and Amargi read a number of books in the field of feminist research. Handan Çağlayan’s book “Analar, Yoldaşlar, Tanrıçalar“ and Ayşegül Altınay and Yeşim Arat’s study  “Türkiye’de Kadına Yönelik Şiddet” recieved the awards.

Organizations, networks and/or alliances that Amargi works with

o  Women’s Coalition against Sexual Violence

o   Istanbul Feminist Collective

o   Turkish Women’s Criminal Code Coalition

o   European Women’s Lobby

o   Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies

o   Women’s Shelters and Counseling Centers Assembly

o   Constitution Women’s Group

o   Media Watch Organization of Women

o   Women’s Coalition for Elections

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