More Organizations in Turkey

Commented linklist about other feminist, women and LGBT-organizations in Turkey

 

Kadın Sorunları Araştırma ve Uygulama Merkezi  (Center for Women’s studies: Research and Application)

Address:

İstanbul Üniversitesi
Kadın Sorunları Araştırma ve Uygulama Merkezi
Bozdoğan Kemeri Cad. No:1
Vezneciler/Beyazıt-Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: 0090 212 440 00 10486
E-Mail: kaum@istanbul.edu.tr
Website: http://www.istanbul.edu.tr/merkezler/webkaum/1htm.html

 

The Center for Women’s studies: Research and Application at Istanbul University was established in 1989/1990. Today Professor Dr. Fatmagül Berktay, Dr. Sevgi Uçan Çubukçu, and Dr. Aynur Soydan Erdemir conduct research about women’s education, health, law, and politics as well as women in the business world. The center offers feminist curriculum in the Women’s Studies graduate program and training to raise awareness of gender based discrimination. Also, a newsletter, magazines, and books are published related to feminist issues.

 

Morçatı Kadın Sığınağı Vakfı (Purple Roof Women’s Shelter and Foundation)

Address:

Katip Mustafa Celebi Mah. Anadolu Sok. No:23 D:7-8
Beyoglu-Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: 0090 212 292 52 31-32
Fax: 0090 212 292 52 33
E- mail: morcati@ttnet.net.tr
Website: http://www.morcati.org

 

The foundation, which was established in 1990, aims to provide legal and practical aid to women subjected to violence, act in solidarity with women who face violence, and to popularize the fight against domestic violence. In the English section of their website you can find information about their founding history, their principles and goals, and about both their shelters and support center.

 

Kadın Eserleri Kütüphanesi ve Bilgi Merkezi Vakfı (Women’s Library and Information Centre Foundation)

Address:

Fener Mahallesi
34220 Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: 0090 212 534 9550
Fax: 0090 212 523 7408
E-Mail: kadineserli@gmail.com
Website: http://www.kadineserleri.org

 

This first and only women’s library and information centre in Turkey was established in 1990. Its purpose is to collect, preserve and present information about women’s history and their present situations. Its main clients are researchers, women’s organizations, activists, and the media. The library and information centre is run by 5 staff members and several volunteers. The periodicals section consists of about 40 complete sets of Ottoman periodicals on topics relating to women, published between 1867 and 1928. One can find books in Turkish, English, French and German, however, no books are allowed to be checked out.

 

Pazartesi

Address:

Abdullah Sok. No: 9
Beyoglu-Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: 0090 212 292 0739
E-Mail: pazartesidergi@superonline.com
Website: http://www.pazartesidergisi.com

 

The objective of Pazartesi’s publishing board was to produce a mainstream feminist magazine which could reach all women. For example, articles analyzed popular Turkish TV series and the sexuality of women using both comedy but seriousness. From 1995 to 2010 around 4,000 magazines were sold of every edition, making it the most successful feminist magazine in Turkey so far.

 

Sosyalist Feminist Kolektif

Address:

Katip Çelebi Mah. Tel sok. No: 20/3
Beyoğlu-İstanbul, Turkey
Phone 0090 212 243 4993
E-Mail: sosyalistfeministkolektif@gmail.com
Website: http://sosyalistfeministkolektif.org

 

The Socialist Feminist Collective (Sosyalist Feminist Kolektif /SFK) was founded in the second half of 2008 by some 50 women who wanted to organize independent of men, the state and the capital in their struggle against patriarchal oppression and exploitation of women which is intertwined with capitalism in many ways. Socialist feminists had been organizing numerous demonstrations and campaigns since 2007 but they did not have an organization of their own. The collective emerged out of the need to have a solid basis for making the established relationships between women sustainable and translating them into a political coalescence, and the need to develop mutual trust and solidarity so as to transform women’s own lives.

Today, the SFK has around 200 members from every age group, profession, and political background. The members are mainly located in Istanbul but they are also organized in 5 other cities: Ankara, Adana, İzmir, Eskişehir and Samsun.  In each city, members work in collaboration with individual feminists and other feminist organizations. The SFK members are organized in the form of activist campaigns, issue based committees and permanent commissions. In these commissions, they adopt the principle of rotation so that every member can participate in all kinds of activities. Additionally, consciousness raising and active discussion groups are organized.

The SFK publishes a quarterly journal called Feminist Politics. In this journal, the collective aims to open its internal debates to the feminist movement at large. As such, the journal is a ground where diverse feminist voices rise. It reaches more than 40 cities and towns all around Turkey. The collective also has an online journal, Kitchen Witches, which has a specific focus on female labor and the problems women face in the paid employment sector.

As an imperative of its independence, the SFK does not receive any funding and it does not take part in funded projects.  The collective relies on membership fees and occasional fund raising activities, and it aims to remain outside of the NGOization tendency within the women’s movement.

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The Women for Peace Initiative

E-Mail: bariskadingirisimi@gmail.com
Website: http://www.barisicinkadinlar.com

 

The Women for Peace Initiative was formed in May 2009 as a collective struggle against male dominance and war. Since then, the members of the initiative have been trying to make streets, homes, schools, and businesses into peaceful areas in order to both heighten the demand for peace and open the doorway to peace all around Turkey. Women are the ones who feel the consequences of war most severely; in ways such as migration, poverty, violence, rape, and discrimination. This is a result of policies which exclude women, decided upon by administrations which also exclude women. Money that should be used for education, health, development of women, and environmentalism, is instead spent on war, military operations, and bombs. The initiative struggles for a world in which no one is subjected to discrimination or violence because of their thoughts, beliefs, identities or sexual orientations; a world in which we live in peace.

 

Film mor (Filmmor Women’s Cooperative)

Address:

Istiklal Caddesi Bekar Sokak No:7/6
34435 Beyoğlu-İstanbul, Turkey
Phone: 0090 212 251 59 94
E-mail: info@filmmor.com
Website: http://www.filmmor.org

 

The objectives of Film mor Women’s Cooperative which was established in 2003 and is open exclusively to women’s cooperation are:

·        To increase the presence and visibility of women and their life experiences as well as increasing the exchange of experiences among women.

·        To increase the participation of women in cinema and media and in this respect improve their opportunities to express themselves through these media while improving their power and productivity.

·        To create a future where there is no gender discrimination in cinema and any other dimensions of life, where women and men have equal opportunities, and where there is neither violence nor discrimination.

 

Lambda İstanbul

Address:

İstiklal Caddesi Katip Çelebi Mah.
Tel Sok. No:28/5 Kat:4
Beyoğlu-İstanbul, Turkey
E- mail: lambda@lambdaistanbul.org
Website: http://www.lambdaistanbul.org

 

Lambda Istanbul is the biggest LGBT organization in Turkey. It is completely run by volunteers, organized in a non-hierarchical manner, and open to anybody who likes to contribute. The organization was formed in 1993 as a protest to the ban of Christopher-Street-Day activities in Istanbul. Since then, the main goal is to fight all kinds of discrimination the main focus being on heterosexism. Lambda takes political responsibility by organizing and engaging in demonstrations, speaking out against legal discrimination of LGBT persons, by proposing changes to the Turkish Penal Code and Constitution, and by publishing surveys and reports on the situation of LGBT persons in the country. Lambda with its office, cultural center, and library in Beyoğlu/Istanbul creates an important place for meetings, discussions, and social interactions. Among the things organized by Lambda are a LGBT counseling helpline, a family group that gives parents the opportunity to talk and discuss about their queer children, and the organization of the annual Onur Haftası (Pride Week). Lambda is part of several national and international organizations like ILGA (International Lesbian and Gay Association) and is part of a human rights watch committee, reporting LGBT human rights violations in Turkey. After registering as an official association, Istanbul City Council brought a court case against Lambda and in 2008 the organization was forbidden. After a short time, following large international protest, the Supreme Court of Appeals overturned this order.

 

KA.DER

Address:

İrfan Baştuğ Sk. Yuva-5 Apartmanı 15/7
Esentepe-İstanbul, Turkey
Phone: 0090 212 – 273 25 35
Fax: 0090 212 – 273 25 36
E-mail: kader@ka-der.org.tr
Website: http://www.ka-der.org.tr

 

The Association for the Support and Training of Women Candidates (KA.DER) defends equal representation of women and men in all fields of life. Founded in March 1997, KA.DER aims to increase the number of women in politics and in decision making positions so as to achieve equal representation of women and men. KA.DER believes the different experiences and capabilities of women should also be reflected in social and political issues. KA.DER sees equal representation as a precondition of democracy and calls for equal representation in all elected and appointed decision making positions.

 

Kadının İnsan Hakları Projesi (Women for Women’s Human Rights)

Address:

Inonu Cad. Saadet Apt. No: 37/6
Gumussuyu 80090, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: 0090 212 251 00 29
Fax: 0090 212 251 00 65
E-mail: wwhrist@superonline.com
Website: http://www.wwhr.org

 

An autonomous women’s organization that aims to provide women and women’s organizations with tools and strategies to confront structures of inequality and work against the effects of marginalization. The organization aims to do this through action, research, documentation, dissemination of materials, legal literacy groups, advocacy, and lobbying.

 

KAOS GL (News Portal for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender)

Address:

Gazi Mustafa Kemal Bulvarı 29/12 06440 Kızılay – ANKARA TURKEY
Phone: +90 312. 230 03 58
E-Mail: kaosgl@kaosgl.com
Website: www.kaosgl.com

 

KAOS GL is an LGBT rights organization founded in 1994. The organization has been publishing the journal KAOS GL (now a quarterly publication) since its founding. The group operates the KAOS Cultural Center, which hosts cultural activities, meetings, and showings of films. The center also houses an LGBT history library.

 

KADAV Kadınlarla Dayanışma Vakfı – Istanbul (Women’s Solidarity Foundation)

Address:


Gazeteci Erol Dernek Sok. Hanif Han No:11 80072 Beyoğlu / İstanbul
Phone: +90212 251 58 50
E-Mail: kadindayanisma@hotmail.com
Website: n/a

Women’s Solidarity Foundation (KADAV), is a women’s organization established shortly after the August 17, 1999 earthquake in the Gulf of Marmara by a broad women’s platform gathered in Istanbul to be in solidarity with the women debilitated and left without socio-economic support after the earthquake. Throughout its operation in the earthquake region KADAV has developed and executed mid and long term projects and still continues their implementation. The Istanbul based Foundation has 40 members including its founders, 15 active volunteers and project staff.
The goal of KADAV, which become a legal entity in July 2001, is to formulate instruments and opportunities providing women with power and freedom and enabling women’s economic and social empowerment and to prepare consciousness raising activities against economic violence and to establish solidarity in every field.
In accord with its goal and reason d’etre and in line with all its work, KADAV takes special care to conduct its current and future program with a perspective and approach that will contribute into the participating women’s ability to change and transform their own existing gender roles.

 

Kadınlarla Dayanışma Vakfı – Ankara (Foundation for Women’s Solidarity)

Address:
Mithatpaşa Caddesi 10/11 Sıhhiye – Çankaya – Ankara
Phone: +90 312 430 40 05
E-Mail: kadindv@yahoo.com.tr
Website: www.kadindayanismavakfi.org.tr/english

 

Foundation  for Women’s  Solidarity is an independant organisation that aims to fight with every kind of violence against women, especially domestic violence, by the way of women’s solidarity. Foundation makes contribution to societal change towards bringing an end to the legitimation of violence agaist women, developing pressure about women’s human rights  through its  media and public opinion oriented studies. Furthermore, with different training programs, on the fact of struggle agaist domestic violence, studies of Consciousness (Awareness) Raising are done towards women coming Consulting Center, volunteers of the Foundation and profession staff members.
The Foundation creates financial sources  by the member aids and donations provided from different organisations and individuals, maintains its existence by the supports of voluntary workers and executes its activities of informing public opinion about violence against women, being lobbyier and defending.

 

VAKAD – Van Kadın Derneği (Van Women’s Association, Van)

Address:


Sıhke Cad. Yüzüncü Yıl İş Merkezi A Blok Kat:4 No:72 VAN
Phone: +90 432 214 45 87
E-Mail: kadindernegi@gmail.com
Website: www.vakad.org.tr

 

The Van Women’s Association is based in Van, on the eastern border of Turkey, and works with the victims of domestic violence and so called ‘honour crimes’. They also assist asylum seekers, mostly from Iran. The Association implements a range of activities including legal support, psychological counselling and shelter. They also publish reports on various women’s rights issues in Turkey such as minority, such as on minority women and female suicides. They are organising panels on violence against women. They are also in close communication with other women NGOs in Van and these NGOs also benefit from the special training. As well as carrying out activities in Van, the Association carries out activities in Mus, Bitlis and Hakkari to establish and build the capacity of Women’s NGOs in these areas.

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