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


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