networks

Sivil Düşün made two calls for proposals in 2013 and 2014 under the Grant Scheme for Networks and Platforms, which supports projects undertaken by networks, umbrella organisations and platforms that bring together activists and organisations working towards a common goal or operating in different thematic areas. A total of nine projects were launched in 2014 with a total grant support of 2,750,000 Euros under the Support Programme. The nine projects included efforts such as strategic litigation, the creation of an international youth council in Turkey and the establishment of a prison information network. Let us look more closely at the nine projects, most of which are still ongoing.

For detailed information on each project, please click the grids below.

Rainbow Coalition Against Discrimination

Rainbow against discrimination…

The Rainbow Coalition Against Discrimination project aims to draw attention to, raise awareness about and minimise the problems faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people who are subject to discrimination, hate speech, physical, psychological and economic violence in many areas of social life.

Who is implementing the project?
Pink Life LGBTT Solidarity Association, Kaos GL Association

Your Right, Youth Right

The youth are right…

Your Right, Youth Right project aims to ensure that the National Youth Council Initiative (NYCI) is recognised as an advisory structure by policy and decisions makers and to situate the NYCI as an impact mechanism in policy making. Within the scope of the project, a pool of activists will be created and capacity building activities will be conducted through a rights-based approach to engage in local youth work and international lobbying. The project also focuses on youth policies, youth rights, advocacy for youth rights, advocacy and lobbying with various stakeholders working on the needs of children and youth organisations. The Youth Organisations Forum Association was founded within the framework of the project.  

Who is implementing the project?
Youth Services Centre Association (GSM), Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG).

Diversity and Strategic Litigation Network

No to discrimination…

The Diversity and Strategic Litigation Network aims to explore the ways in which CSOs and civil society activists can join efforts under a common action for cooperation against discrimination. The project aims to share skills and experiences about human rights protection mechanisms such as legal aid, strategic litigation and the monitoring of rights. As a parallel effort, the project envisages the development of skills of NGOs to access victims who are difficult to access.

Who is implementing the project?
Kaos GL Association, Foundation for Society and Legal Studies

Checks and Balances Network

Together for checks and balances…

As a movement aiming to promote participatory and pluralistic democracy in Turkey, the Checks and Balances Network focused its efforts to raise social awareness about checks and balances through traditional and new media and to create the mechanisms and tools to transform this awareness into active citizenship. The members of the Checks and Balances Network aim to revive the democratisation process in Turkey and worked at the local and national levels to build the desired level of democracy. The network is comprised of 279 civil society organisations representing different world views, life styles and political affiliations.

(All members: http://www.birarada.org/tr/16981/UYELERIMIZ)

Who is implementing the project?
Sabancı University Istanbul Policy Center, National Democratic Institute, Active Society Alternative Future Association

Press for Freedom

To create an awareness about freedom of the press and freedom of expression in the society…

The project Press for Freedom aimed to found a new platform for freedom of expression and freedom of the press, to build the capacity of media professionals and civil society affecting the decision making processes and hence to create a more dynamic civil society participating in public debates on democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Who is implementing the project?
Journalists’ Association, Scientific Cultural and Strategic Studies Centre Association of Turkey

Civil Society Disaster Platform

A forum for sharing knowledge about emergency response and risk mitigation…

The Civil Society Disaster Platform was founded to contribute to the mitigation of disaster risk and damage and to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of disaster response. The Platform aims to establish a better flow of information through a communication network supported by technology, to ensure better communication among stakeholders working in the field of disaster management, and to inform civil society organisations about international mechanisms and standards.

The Platform’s target groups are civil society organisations, public agencies, universities, private sector organisations, the media and international CSOs which work or have the potential to work in the area of mitigating disaster risks and disaster response in Turkey. The network has 32 member organisations.

(List of network members: http://sitap.org/uyelik/uyeler/ )

Who is implementing the project?
Association for Support to Life, Mavi Kalem Social Assistance and Solidarity Association, Neighbourhood Disaster Volunteers Foundation

Strengthening the Assembly for Women’s Shelters Solidarity Centres, Sharing best practices among women’s organisations in Turkey and the European Union about domestic violence

Strengthening women’s solidarity for a world without shelters…

The project for Strengthening the Assembly for Women’s Shelters Solidarity Centres, Sharing best practices among women’s organisations in Turkey and the European Union about domestic violence and to increase the impact of support mechanisms.

For a list of the members of the assembly, visit: http://www.siginaksizbirdunya.org/siginaksiz-bir-dunya-biz-kimiz

Who is implementing the project?
Purple Roof Women’s Shelter Foundation, Women’s Solidarity Foundation, Muş Women’s Association

Prisons Information Network of Turkey

To ensure that prisons are not only the subject matter of politics but also a subject of academic research, to see and present prisoners as the subject of rights…

Prisons in Turkey are among places most susceptible to human rights violations and where such violations are frequently experienced. Despite this fact, there are only a few CSOs who work directly or indirectly on the subject of prisons. A large majority of these CSOs deal with political prisoners who are largely aware of their rights and who apply to these CSOs to exercise these rights.

The Prisons Information Network of Turkey focuses on political prisoners and ordinary prisoners who constitute 90 per cent of the prison population and prisoners with special needs, also regarded as disadvantaged groups. The network aims to ensure the visibility of the problems of these groups, to gather CSOs in a network to compile information and increase their capacities and impact. In addition, the network aims to build a bridge between academic institutions and CSOs through a centre which is planned to be established, and to increase the activities of these organisations regarding prisons.

Who is implementing the project?
Civil Society in the Penal System Association (CISST)

Strengthening Existing Child Rights Networks to Mobilise Them as the Voice of Children by Establishing Links Among International, National and Local Organisations

Creating positive change in the lives of all children requires joining forces for children with children amongst networks. Change is not possible without the participation and voice of children.

The project for Strengthening Existing Child Rights Networks to Mobilise Them as the Voice of Children by Establishing Links Among International, National and Local Organisations aims to ensure that children in Turkey are free from violence. The project also aims to increase respect to the rights of the child with a focus on freedom of association and to contribute to ensuring that existing children’s rights networks serve as a common voice with and for children to ensure the implementation of principles and provisions on the rights of the child enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international human rights conventions.

Who is implementing the project?
International Children’s Centre (ICC)