FNF has been actively working in Turkey with partners from civil society, academia, economy and politics since 1991, when we opened our office in Ankara. In 2002, we moved to Istanbul. Turkey is of crucial importance for Germany, Europe and the transatlantic cooperation due to its history, culture, economy, and geographical location. Therefore, FNF offers support to liberal-minded citizens and organizations in Turkey to promote liberal values in the society. This way, we strive to contribute to a liberal, democratic and prospering Turkey for all citizens.
Second International Protection and Refugees International Summer School Completed
It was a special occasion for more than one reason: Since the Human Rights Academy officially started its courses right at the start of the pandemic in 2020, this year’s summer school finally happened in person. In late July 2022, 20 young people interested or working in the field of migration from 11 different countries gathered in the beautiful region of Çeşme, Izmir to participate in the four days-program.
Volunteered Geographic Information
Our partner Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) has been working on mapping studies in Istanbul and Bodrum that started in 2022 and question how a process can be designed to allow the free flow of local information and with the voluntary participation of communities in disaster management.
Freedom of Speech in the Shadow of the Pandemic
On May 26th and 27th Friedrich Naumann Foundation Turkey in cooperation with the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen held two panels and photography exhibitions under the topic “Freedom of Speech during the pandemic” in the German Embassy Ankara and the General Consulate Istanbul.
International Protection and Refugees International Summer School - 2
This year, the Human Rights Academy will carry out its first face-to-face and international course. The Second International Protection and Refugees International Summer School will be carried out between July 24 – 28, 2022. The summer school will be carried out with the cooperation of FNF’s Human Rights Academy and UNHCR’s Izmir Office and Mülkiye Migration Research Center (MÜGAM).
The agility to challenge the status quo
Professor Zeynep Alemdar, a Turkish academic, on why political representation matters and women should be put at the forefront of global decision making. “Feminist foreign policy is about making women count in all foreign policy decisions. To make use of women's knowledge, of women's experience, and of women's intelligence in an area which has traditionally neglected women”, Alemdar explains.
War in Europe: The Role of Turkey
Turkey has established itself as a mediator in the Ukraine conflict and Erdogan has repeatedly emphasized that he does not want to give up either partner. The next few weeks will not only show what place the country will find in a changed European security order, but also whether the current position of balancing offers opportunities for conflict management, or whether Turkey will be doomed.
The importance of dreaming big
Syrian human rights activist Ravda Nur Cuma believes that education can save lives. She supports sending refugee girls back to school, preventing early marriages. Her mission is to fight for equality and human-rights-oriented politics. I support peace with a smile.