Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Minister Şahin announces mission, teams up with NGO’s

Minister Şahin announces mission, teams up with NGO’s

Women and Social Policies Minister Fatma Şahin met with women NGO’s and said she will personally follow violance cases against women. “Social policies are an area that requires collaboration. It is not something one can do from her desk,” she said.

Turkey’s family and social policies minister has said she will personally collaborate with nongovernmental organizations and civil associations to solve the problem of honor killings and violence against women in the country.

“Social policies are an area that requires collaboration. It is not something a minister can do by sitting from her desk in Ankara,” Minister Fatma Şahin said Tuesday at a press conference following a meeting with the heads of prominent women associations.

Şahin also spoke about 19-year-old Dörtyol, Hatay, resident Ceylan Soysal, who was killed by her family last week for “besmirching the family’s honor.”

“What happened to Ceylan is a wound for us, I will personally follow this case,” Şahin said. “I will go and speak to her mother, as well as her 14-year-old sister, who was taken into state protection last week.”


Women’s Associations Federation head Canan Güllü said she was pleased to work with Şahin, whom she has been collaborating with for many years on women’s issues.

“We are happy that Şahin, who is very sensitive on women issues, was appointed as minister,” she said adding that they had also presented a recent report to Şahin on women’s suicides in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa.

“In the last six months, 49 women committed suicide in Şanlıurfa. We want an emergency action plan on violence against women. We hope that the new Parliament’s first job will be on women issues,” Güllü said.

Şahin also spoke about the report and said she would investigate it.

Arzu Özyol, head of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women, said the federation was going to collaborate with Şahin in creating more women-related projects. “We are 100 percent behind her.”

Source: hurriyetdailynews

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