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US Awards $300,000 To Four Turkish Projects To Empower Women

January 24, 2011
United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer

United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer

On  January 24 in Istanbul, United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer announced the names of  four Turkish organizations who have been awarded grants in the first Small Grants Initiative Program and Avon Award for the Elimination of Gender-based Violence.  These new initiatives, which are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, fund worthy projects that promote women's political, economic and social advancement. The four grants awarded in Turkey have a combined value of nearly $300,000 USD.  

Ambassador Verveer made the announcement during the “Invest for the Future: Women Driving Economic Growth” conference that is underway in Istanbul January 24-26.  The event gathered 125 women business owners from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, and Turkey in Istanbul to learn about innovative strategies for women entrepreneurs in business.

The Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues works with local organizations around the world to increase women’s and girls’ access to education and healthcare, to promote women’s economic empowerment, and to combat all forms of violence against women and girls.

Grant Recipients include:

The Mother Child Foundation (ACEV) received a $94,794 for a 16-month project called “Raising Young Women” which will benefit 2,550 young girls and women in Istanbul and Diyarbakir.

The Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work (KEDV) was awarded a $100,000 grant for a 12-month project to produce solar cookers. The project will involve women’s cooperatives in Istanbul, Mardin, Hatay and Bandirma.

The Husnu M. Ozyegin Foundation will be granted $49,988.49 to support “Synergy to Empower Girls Against Violence,” a project to prevent gender-based violence.

Anadolu University Women’s Research and Action Center will receive $50,000 to support “Demystifying Gender-Based Violence for Future Journalists: From Self Awareness to Gender Sensitive Reporters” which will address problems of gender-based violence by training journalism students and faculty from five Turkish universities on gender awareness and gender-based violence.