|Grant Program Closure Meeting (Ankara Hilton Hotel) - 20 January 2010|
Sabanci Foundation, Ministry of Internal Affairs and all United Nations agencies in Turkey formed a Joint Program (BMOP) which has been continuing since 2006. The results of the Joint Program “To Promote and Protect Human Rights of Women and Girls” was presented in Ankara at the HiltonSA Hotel.
The closure meeting of the Joint Program was held with the participation of program partners; Minister of Internal Affairs Mr. Besir Atalay, Sabanci Foundation’s Chairperson of the Board of Trustees Ms. Guler Sabanci, UN Resident Coordinator of Turkey Mr. Shahid Najam, UNFPA Representative of Turkey Mr. Peer Sieben, Governors, Mayors, and Non-Governmental Organizations of six program cities and the representatives of the donor countries. The governors and mayors signed a joint declaration to promote and protect the human rights of women and girls.
Sabanci Foundation’s Chairperson of the Board of Trustees Ms. Guler Sabanci stated: “We are proud of the results of the program’s joint efforts to protect the rights of women and girls. This is a subject that is utmost important. With the joint program, we have additional force which has helped to promote the human rights of these women and girls. As the Sabanci Foundation we have been working on this program for four years and we would like to expand this program with the support of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and local authorities.
Ms. Guler Sabanci stated: “Sabanci Foundation plans to develop new grant programs that would support projects which will be formed accordingly Local Equality Action Plans of 6 cities and continue the Purple Certificate Program. The goal of the program, which takes place at Sabanci University Campus, is to develop a critical perspective on gender issues among high school teachers. Guler Sabanci also mentioned that these new programs would give an incentive to local administrators and NGO’s to help accomplishing their goals.
With Local administrations taking ownership and continuing support on the projects which have been grantees of the Sabanci Foundation Grant Program; we have approached approximately 300 thousand people. The program which aimed for “Local Equality Action Plans” were implemented in Izmir, Kars, Nevehir, Trabzon, Sanliurfa and Van.
The Minister of Internal Affairs Mr. Besir Atalay gave the following speech: “A functioning democracy with all aspects and respecting human rights is possible when ensuring equality of women and men, protection of children and the elderly individuals and provides a secure life for individuals in the society. As the Ministry of Internal Affairs, it is our goal to meet the modern standards for human rights and freedoms. Our government and my Ministry are doing significant work in order to achieving this goal.”
Mr. Besir Atalay continued his speech: “We will do what we can so that the “Local Equality Action Plans” will not only take place in the program cities but also in all provinces of Turkey’s municipalities and governorates”. Mr. Atalay ended his speech to thank the partners who support the program.
The meeting’s other speaker, United Nations Population Fund, Turkey Representative Peer Sieben stated: The greatest success of this program is the Municipalities and Governor’s offices that have embraced this program and paved the way for the “Local Equality Action Plans. The Local Equality Action Plans have been planned in a transparent and attentive manner. Another success is the Equality Units brought forth by the governors and municipalities. “United Nations Joint Program to Promote and Protect Human Rights of Women and Girls” has been selected by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as one of the “Model Projects”.
Following the opening speeches, Prof. Dr. Ayse Ayata from Middle East Technical University, presented a report regarding evaluation of the Joint Program. Please click here for the report.
Sabanci Foundation gave 1 million 600 thousand dollars for the Joint Program
Aside from supporting the United Nations Joint Program, Sabanci Foundation gave grants to 34 local projects in the 6 program cities (İzmir, Kars, Nevşehir, Trabzon, Şanliurfa and Van) since 2007. In addition, Sabanci University gave education to 1160 high school teachers about gender equity and 153 teachers received purple certificate.
Of the total amount of 2 million 800 thousand dollars in the Joint Program budget, Sabanci Foundation provided for 1 million 600 thousand dollars.
Other organizations that have given financial support to the Joint Program are: United Nations Organizations in Turkey, Embassies of Germany, Denmak, Finland, France, Holland, United Kingdom, Sweeden, Switzerland, Canada and Norway.