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About the United Nations Joint Program (UNJP)

Since 2006, Sabanci Foundation has been a supporter of long term multi-stakeholder initiatives that aim to contribute to gender equality in Turkey. Through the Joint Program, Sabanci Foundation has been able to bring together diverse stakeholders such as Ministries, local governments, foundations, NGOs, teachers, schools to promote social development and promote women’s rights.


2006-2010 United Nations Joint Program

Between 2006 and 2010, Sabanci Foundation was a funder and partner of the “Joint Program to Promote and Protect Human Rights of Women and Girls” which was implemented in 6 cities (Izmir, Kars, Nevsehir, Sanliurfa, Trabzon and Van) in partnership with all of the United Nations agencies, the Ministry of Interior and Sabanci University.


The objective of the Program was to design higher quality and gender sensitive local services, protect women’s rights and increase awareness about gender equality.


The United Nations “Joint Program to Promote and Protect Human Rights of Women and Girls” was a unique project in the sense that it was simultaneously supported by all United Nations organizations in Turkey. The project has been selected by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as one of the “Model Projects”. This case was included in a book entitled “UNFPA at Work” published in 2008. Please click here for the book.


For more information about the activities that were undertaken for this Program, please click here.


2012-2015 United Nations Joint Program

The United Nations Joint Program for Promoting the Human Rights of Women is the second joint program funded solely by the Sabanci Foundation and implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Family and Social Policies, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), UN Women, Sabanci University and the Union of Municipalities of Turkey. The program takes place in 11 pilot cities (Aydin, Canakkale, Edirne, Erzincan, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Kahramanmaras, Kastamonu, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Ordu) between 2012 and 2015.


The main objective of the Program is to accelerate the implementation of gender equality commitments at the local level and to improve the capacity of local governments, public authorities and NGOs that work in the area of gender equality in order to contribute to the reinforcement of women’s rights.


For further inquiries about the new UNJP Program, please click here.

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