|Mardin Women Cooperation Association: Empowering Youth|
Grantee: Mardin Women Cooperation Association
Purpose: Raising awareness on gender issues, reproductive health and intra-family communication among high school students, families, educators and communities at large
Location: Mardin - Kiziltepe
Grant Amount: 94.578 TL
Partner: Woman Life Center Association, Kiziltepe District Directorate of National Education, Provincial Directorate for Family and Social Policies, Provincial Public Health DirectoratePeriod: 8 July 2013 – 7 July 2014
70% of the families in Kiziltepe district of Mardin are large families composed of 20-25 members. The patriarchal family structure in Kiziltepe intensifies the social pressure.
"I shared my poems with you and they were published in the newspaper. Sometimes one needs to make an effort to be heard and you’ve supported me in this endeavor. I also know that trainings were very crucial. They will help us in becoming healthier, wiser and better in communication."
"Students understood that it is normal to become clumsy, to be self-ordained and to have conflict with their families during adolescence. They were very surprised and stated that “we used to experience these all the time and asked ourselves if we have a problem or not”. Young people open themselves up to you when you establish good relations, they need to talk about puberty and be informed."