Since 1998, IWHC has collaborated with regional networks based in Turkey, including Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR) and the Coalition on Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR). In September 2004, our partners won major reforms to the Turkish penal code on women’s rights, sexual autonomy, and bodily integrity, following a three-year campaign led by WWHR.

In 2010, CSBR organized dozens of groups in 12 countries for the “One Day, One Struggle,” campaign, designed to raise awareness of how human rights—including sexual and reproductive rights—have been under attack in Muslim societies.

Today with IWHC support, feminists in Turkey and across the region have become progressive champions at UN negotiations.


Reproductive Rights: The Canary In The Coal Mine

Women’s rights—and in particular reproductive rights—often act like a “canary in the coal mine” of human rights. When the overall danger to human rights is not clear to most observers, feminist activists see the first signs of what is to come.

Wins for Women in 2016

The women’s movement achieved great successes globally in 2016; highlighting these achievements will be essential for the fight ahead.

Partner: Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR)

  • June 9, 2016

Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR) – New Ways is a Turkish group with a 23-year track record of promoting women’s human rights, equality and non-discrimination in Turkey, regionally and internationally.

As Europe Grapples with Refugee Crisis, Women’s Human Rights Cannot Be Neglected

As the continent struggles to address the unprecedented Syrian refugee crisis, it must ensure that women's human rights are at the core of its efforts.

Turkish Women’s Rights Activist Pınar İlkkaracan Wins Prestigious Joan B. Dunlop Award

  • November 4, 2015

IWHC presented the third annual Joan B. Dunlop Award to Pınar İlkkaracan for her exceptional record of work in Turkey and globally to promote the human rights of women and girls.

Access to Abortion in Turkey: No Laughing Matter

Although it's legal, access to abortion in Turkey is extremely limited; a local group reports that only three out of the 37 public hospitals in the country are providing non-emergency terminations.

An Irresistible Force for Women’s Rights

After two weeks of fierce negotiations at the United Nations' annual Commission on the Status of Women, on March 15 more than 130 governments committed to ending violence against women and girls, and reached strong agreements to promote gender equality and ensure access to sexual and reproductive health services.

Turkish Women Take to the Streets to Protest Proposed Abortion Ban

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced plans to proceed toward a ban of abortion services in the country. In response, Turkish feminists are rallying to support pro-choice policy.  They have launched a website, Say No Abortion Ban, that is gathering electronic signatures to…

Bringing Youth to the Table: Interview with Evre Kaynak

  • August 12, 2011

Evre Kaynak, from Turkey, holds a B.A. in Economics from Istanbul University, and a double M.A. in Development Economics and Human Rights Law from Marmara University and Bilgi University. Since 2005, she has been the National Program Coordinator at …

Interview with Pinar Ilkkaracan

Pinar Ilkkaracan is a founder of our partners International Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) andWomen for Women’s Human…