|Grant Program Experience Sharing Meeting (Istanbul Sabanci Center) - 15 October 2010|
The Projects supported by the Sabanci Foundation Grants Program as part of the “UN Joint Program to Protect and Promote the Human Rights of Women and Girls (UNJP)” undertaken by the Sabanci Foundation, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the United Nations and Sabanci University came together in Istanbul on October 15th, 2010 to share their experiences and success stories.
Ms. Guler Sabanci, The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sabanci Foundation, Mr. Mustafa Coggun, Vice President of Foreign and the European Union Relations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Mr. Tunga Tuzer, United Nations Population Fund Assistant Representative, as well as local administrators and women’s organization representatives of the provinces where the program is being implemented, and members of national press.
Ms. Guler Sabanci said, “Under Sabanci Foundation Grant Program, approximately we reached 13 thousand people directly, and 300 thousand people indirectly.”
Guler Sabanci noted the positive outcomes and significant achievements of the UNJP for the last four years, and added: “The UNJP has been implemented since 2006 with a budget of 2.9 million dollars, of which 1.8 million was provided by the Sabanci Foundation. In four years, the number of women’s organizations increased by 35%. One of the most important results of the program was the Ministry of Interior’s circular. The circular expands the Local Equality Action Plans and Local Equality Divisions initially implemented in six provinces, to all provinces of Turkey. When we began the program four years ago, we had one goal: To inspire others and promote the rights of women. Therefore we evaluate the results, track the progress and share experiences of the Program. When we look at what we have achieved so far. I firmly state that the Program is reaching it goals”.
Following the opening speeches, the success stories of the projects were shared with participants, the press and the public.
In the afternoon, 2009 grantees and local administrators discussed the sustainability of the Program. This session was facilitated by Sezai Hazir and Basak Saral from the Youth for Habitat Association. As part of the workshop, participants also shared experiences on their projects to expand gender equality in their provinces.