Diyarbakır’s top lady champions Kurdish activism in Southeast Turkey

As a lawyer who has taken over 100 human rights cases against Turkey and never lost, Reyhan Yalçındağ Baydemir has been a seeker of justice for Kurdish people for most of her life.

Source: Hürriyet Daily News

She says she chose to be lawyer after spending her childhood visiting relatives in prison and that she intends to create a safer and freer environment for her children and generations to come

Lawyer Reyhan Yalçındağ Baydemir, deputy general president of the Human Rights Association, has a tough tale to tell as a life story, but she surprisingly does it without losing the smile on her face. Continue reading

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SE Turkey’s conflict spurred gender equality for Kurds, panelists say

 

Decades of conflict in Turkey’s Southeast has helped politicize Kurdish women and promote gender equality in the region, participants at a women’s conference heard earlier this week.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News

Kurdish women and children have been politically active because the state has “produced [political] awareness” through its oppression of them, said Dilek Kurban, a columnist for daily Radikal.

“Why are the children and women in the streets? Because of the state. They are political; there is no turning back from this,” she said. Continue reading