|Cavidan Yilmaz (Season 02 - Episode 01)|
This Week's Changemaker; Cavidan Yilmaz is an Advocate of Women Rights in the Northern City of Trabzon
On 7 October 2010 Sabanci Foundation ''Turkey's Changemakers'' program hosts Cavidan Yilmaz, who has become the voice of Trabzon women.
Cavidan Yilmaz is a women's rights advocate who travels from village to village in Trabzon. She is an executive board member of the Trabzon Branch of the Turkish Mothers Association, an organization which aims to provide counseling and employment opportunities to women, girls and especially mothers. Through the association Cavidan Yilmaz works on women-related projects.
One such project is the "Journey to Woman-Friendly Villages", which was funded by the Sabanci Foundation Grants Program of the United Nations Joint Program (UNJP). The project aims to raise awareness to the issues of women rights and women's health among both men and women in the targeted villages and then share women's problems with public authorities, NGOs and the press to make sure that their voices are heard.
Yilmaz traveled to the Salpazari, Macka, Koprubasi and Duzkoy townships of Trabzon by a mobile vehicle, where she reached over 500 women and 150 men and informed them on women's rights and health. The project identified the women in need of psychological and legal support and then reported the outcomes to the related divisions of the Governorship of Trabzon. The final report of the project was shared with local authorities, other women's organizations and the local media, and the field report was covered on local TV.