Project Description

An empirical study by the Unit for Intercultural Education at the University of Bremen.

Women from different backgrounds advocate gender equality in both large and small cities in Turkey. Because these activists have different experiences, their definitions of important concepts vary as well. This is why central terms, such as feminism, women's movement, or gender, are defined differently.

The aim of this research project is to map the current position of women's movements within different socio-cultural and regional settings in Turkey. The project thus analyses the diversity of women's movements and gender-based political positions considering the complexity of social structures in Turkey. The central question of the study is whether, and to what extent, these women's movements, despite their differences, work together and, if so, which common, overarching objectives are pursued. In addition to this, the study examines the networking of women's movements beyond local, regional, and national borders.

The study is based on field research done in Istanbul, Ankara, and Diyarbakir, as well as in selected cities by the Aegean and the Black Seas. Within this framework, 65 interviews with experts and activists in women's movements are carried out. The findings of the study will be published as a report, a press pack, and a multilingual homepage. Additionally, a workshop for scientists and representatives from women's NGOs from Turkey and Germany will offer an opportunity to present and discuss the results. Cooperations with women and gender research centers at Istanbul University and Ankara University strengthen the academic exchange between Germany and Turkey.

The results of the study are available on this page in German, English, Turkish and Kurdish.


Prof. Dr. Yasemin Karakaşoğlu
Universität Bremen, Erziehungs- und Bildungswissenschaften
Postfach 33 04 40
28334 Bremen
+49 421 218 69127