|Women Center Foundation: That's Our Village Over There|
Grantee: Women Center Foundation
Purpose: Revealing problems of women living in rural areas and empowering them
Locations: Batman, Siirt
Grant Amount: 208,003 TL
Project Partner: Siirt and Batman Bar AssociationPeriod: 14 July 2014 – 13 July 2015
Based on field research in Batman and Siirt, women are not aware of their rights to succession and education. Early and forced child marriages are highly prevalent. Women who raise their voice against this discrimination are murdered in honor killings.
"The village felt completely deserted. We were just about to return, thinking nobody lived there, then we saw two women on the balcony of a house in the distance. The village and its inhabitants were severely affected by the years of conflict. The village was then evacuated by instructions of the government, but these people were unable to leave. There was no road, no water, no school. We told them our motivation for the visit. They couldn’t believe it. We were the first people in years to visit the village, and we were there to talk to these women. This made them incredibly happy. “So you have come all this way only for us? Only out of your concern for women?” they said, hugging us for a little while."
"I am 56 years old. I don’t speak any Turkish. I said “So you should do something for me.” My husband left me and the kids. He moved to the city center… With the Project team we went to the Bar Association to get the help of a lawyer free of charge, so that I can get maintenance without getting a divorce. Until we made the application I was feeling really unhappy. We prepared the necessary documents and made the application. Then I started feeling happy again."