Turkish Cypriot Association of the University Women
Turkish Cypriot Association of University Women (TCAUW) informed the Board of University Women of Europe about some of their recent activities.
Two of the most significant events are inter-related as follows:
Firstly, TCAUW organised and hosted a zoom conference on ‘Women and Laws’, approximately 60 women from Cyprus and other countries attended. The conference was held in Turkish and the invited speakers were 3 activists and lawyers from Cyprus and Turkey.
Secondly, they have written a statement on ‘Domestic Violence Law in TRNC (Turkish Cyprus)’ addressing each one of the 50 Members of the Parliament and with the support of 23 associations and organisations. A group of women representing their respective organisations went to the Parliament Building on May 3rd to read the letter in the presence of local media.
In the letter it was stated:
“….As the signatory associations and organizations below, and within the framework of your duty to represent all segments of our society;
we are hereby asking you to pass the Domestic Violence Law in line with international and the EU laws in order to prevent violence against women and children in our country…
In addition, necessary legal arrangements should be made in cooperation with non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) for a more effective operation of the Women’s Unit….”
Well done, brave ladies, we at University Women of Europe are proud of your action!
All the activities referred to in this report have been carried out with the decisions of the Board of Directors of TCAUW. The activities were carried out by reaching the members of our association, and in communication with other associations in order to strengthen the status of women in the TRNC as well as other current issues, with the aim to help education, environment and women’s issues.
On January 8, 2018, the TCAUW General Assembly was held and the new board was elected.
A conference on “Being a Woman in the Assembly” was held in February 2018 by our association in the Chamber of Commerce. Speakers; Sıla Usar (CTP), İzlem Gürçağ (UBP), Gülşah Saner Manavoğlu (HP).”Support to Women” issues were discussed with the Nicosia Turkish Mayor M. Harmancı in cooperation with the Civil Organizations. It was decided in principle that the municipality can carry out women’s development activities in our association building.
In December 2018, our association was able to collect funds from the trip to South Cyprus our working partner CVAR (Rita and Costas Foundation Research and Library, Bi-Communal Cultural Heritage Museum) and the opportunity to see the southern villages was created for members and other women.
A working lunch meeting was held in Nicosia with the participation of the UN Special Representative and the Dutch Ambassador and our members participated.
Our Board Member Didem Erel made a speech at the CVAR jointly held with CVAR, UN special representative and embassies within the framework of bi-communal activities on 01.2019.
On 30.01.2019, the Board of Directors of TCAUW paid a visit to the First Lady, Mrs. Meral Akıncı to discuss cooperation with KAYAD, empowerment of women and combating violence.
A session was held at AKM (Atatürk Cultural center) in March 2019, attended by Fikri Toros (MP) and Hasan Esendağlı (President of the Turkish Cypriot Bar Association. In 2019, it was agreed with journalist Özgül Gürkut to create a book about extraordinary women in the TRNC. Berna Yılmazoğlu started an initiative for the sponsorship of Limassol Cooperative Bank.
A social meeting was held with the members of the association at the association building in April 2019. On June 15, 2019, second-hand goods were sold with the slogan “Let’s use what is not used” and some funds were generated for the association. An income was generated for our association by participating in second hand sales in Lapta region on behalf of the association.
Members participated to the Famagusta trip organization in the “Women’s Walk” sponsored by the bi-communal and embassies we are partners with. On 23 November 2019 “End of the year dinner” was held for the members and supporters of the Association. This also generated some income for our association. “Women’s Walk” organization was held at the Lakadamya village on December 7, 2019.
On behalf of the TCAUW:
Dr. Ferdiye ERSOY / CIR, CER