II. International Women and Justice Summit
English Introductory Film Screening
Statement by Assoc. Dr. Sare Aydın YILMAZ
KADEM, The President of Women and Democracy Association
Public Service Announcement - Elimination of Violence Against Women
Statement by Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir
UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and Representative to Turkey
Refugee Film Screening
MINISTRY - English Introductory Film Screening
Statement by Fatma Betül Sayan
Family and Social Policy Minister of Turkey
Statement by the Honorable President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President of Turkey
Ministerial Level Meeting
Moderator; Adv. Özlem ZENGİN (Chief Adviser to the President)
2. Bosnia And Herzegovina
9. Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Women In Peace Processes
There is no doubt that women and children are the most vulnerable victims of war and violence although they themselves are not the cause of it. Women lose their homes and become homeless with their children; they are forced to live in unhealthy environmental conditions, face unhealthy nutritional conditions, and lose the opportunity of reaching necessary educational as well as health services. Issues like, at which level are women present within the ongoing peace and intermediacy processes activated in order to stop the clashes on a national as well as international level; to what extent can they be eﬀective in these processes; and what kind of mechanisms should be called on in order to provide their presence within these processes in an eﬀective manner, will be discussed in this session.
Syrian Refugee Women and Their Problems
The civil war in Syria has been continuing for ﬁve years. Millions of people have lost their homes and homeland because of this war. Women together with their children are the greatest victims of war. Millions of women have faced the loss of their husbands, families and homeland and they have become stateless refugees in various countries. Those women are experiencing at ﬁrst hand ﬁnancial diﬃculties, unhealthy conditions of nutrition, shelter and reproduction, and some of them are abused in various ways. Many women and children illegally trying to escape to Europe are facing death. The many faceted traumas the Syrian women are experiencing are undoubtedly the century’s most important human tragedy. In this session, the multifaceted problems Syrian women are experiencing will be talked over, various dimensions of these problems and solution proposals will be elaborated.
Women in Their Working Life and Employment Opportunities
Women face multidimensional problems related to their working life. Those problems, although they present diﬀerences regarding societies, form the barriers prevent- ing women’s involvement in the working life at desired levels. The working women experience diﬃculties arising at ﬁrst from the traditional roles tailored for them within the family life and the roles they have taken on within the public arena. Since working women are shouldering chores like maternity, child care, and house works, their responsibilities in those ﬁelds may cause women to leave work under some circumstances. Additionally, discrimina- tion, sexual abuse, psychological abuse (i.e. mobbing), and low salary are among the diﬃculties women are facing in their working life. In this session the multidi- mensional problems women are facing within their working life will be elaborated.
Political Life, Civil Society and Women In Decision Mechanisms
In most places around the World, women are not eﬀective enough in politics and decision mechanisms, as well as participation in social life. The non-participation of women in decision mechanisms and social life is mainly due to the experience barriers, restricted possibilities and limited opportunities. Starting from here, in this session, the picture of women’s presence in politics, local govern- ments, top level decision mechanisms, working life and civil society will be presented, and strategies to activate the potential of women in these areas will be discussed..
Combating Violence Against Women and Discrimination
Violence is among the most important problem areas that women face all over the World. Violence encom- passes a wide range of problem areas starting from psychological oppression, humiliation, sexual abuse, discrimination, exploitation, punishment and at the end extending to death. The women face these areas of violence not only in public spaces, on the street or at work but also they might face violence within the family. Thus “domestic violence” has become a major problem that women experience. Women’s discrimination and exclusion is not just because of their gender. They are also discriminated against and excluded because of religious, ethnic, class based and racial reasons. Taking a start from the multifaceted discrimination and exclusion experi- ences of women this session will take the diﬀerent facets of violence against women, discrimination and exclusion into account, and ways and the methods to ﬁght against these issues will be discussed.
Culturel Codes and Masculinity
Femininity and masculinity are not concepts describing only the natural diﬀerences among the genders; these concepts gain meaning and value within speciﬁc cultures. The meaning attached to these two concepts is at the heart of social gender discrimination. The natural diﬀer- ences among the genders are reproduced by cultural values and norms, and the societal roles are determined according to these norms and values. Generally, while masculinity is associated with values belonging to public spaces like politics, the economy, the mind, the state and history, femininity is associated mostly with domestic roles. This way of reproducing femininity and masculinity, naturally forms the cultural base of the superiority of men over women. In this session, the stereotypes and patterns of masculinity will be brought to the table, and the problems these stereotypes and patterns cause for women will be noted.
Women In Cinema, Television and Social Media
Visual and printed media is presenting the woman’s body in a diﬀerent display than of her own personality, by transforming woman’s bodies into sexual objects. On the one hand, the media is oﬀering an ideal standard gender stereotype by transforming woman into a sexual object and forcing all women to imitate this stereotype, on the other hand it is also trying to market all of the consumed and commercialized objects through an image of a woman’s body and sexuality. In this way the woman’s body is used for other purposes by reducing it to a sexual object and abusing it. In this session, the abuse of the woman’s body in cinema, television and social media will be elaborated through various perspectives.
Women's Access To Justice and Law
In this session, the notions of equality and justice as well as legal problems of women shall be addressed. The legal problems encountered by women in areas ranging from work life to criminal laws, from family law to labor laws and constitutions shall be discussed in detail. What kind of problems related to women exist in legal regulations? Do these problems diﬀer between diﬀerent societies? Are there any real life equivalence of the steps taken in the legal arena? What kind of problems are encountered in the process of putting the legal arrangements made in favor of women in practice?
Syrian Women Refugees and Their Problems - FGW 1
Women and Peace - FGW 2