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Congratulations to Pınar İlkkaracan, winner of the 2015 Joan B. Dunlop Award

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CSBR sends our warmest congratulations to Pinar Ilkkaracan, who was recognized and honoured with the prestigious Joan B. Dunlop Award, from the International Women’s Health Coalition on 3rd November 2015.


Pinar Ilkkaracan is a founding member of CSBR, and is currently on our Advisory Council. We are especially proud that this is the second Dunlop Award granted to a CSBR member, with the 2014 Award granted to Ninuk Widyantoro, of the Women’s Health Foundation in Indonesia.

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(4 November 2015) The Joan B. Dunlop Award was presented to Pınar İlkkaracan by International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) for her exceptional record of work in Turkey and the global level to promote women and girls’ human rights. The award ceremony was held on 3 November 2015 in New York.

Named after IWHC’s first president Joan B. Dunlop, the award is presented to an activist who is working under difficult circumstances to promote the health and rights of women and girls since 2013. The past recipients of the award are Nigerian activist Adenike Esiet and Indonesian activist Ninuk Widyantoro.

At the award ceremony IWHC President Françoise Girard presented the award to Pınar İlkkaracan and said “Pinar İlkkaracan is a true champion for the human rights of women and girls in Turkey and beyond. Her vision, strategic action and determination have transformed Turkish law, benefitting millions of women. For her courage, integrity, and passion, the International Women’s Health Coalition is pleased to call Pinar a partner in the global fight for women’s rights.”

In her acceptance speech İlkkaracan said “This award is very special to me, at a time when many of the reforms we’ve won for women’s human rights have come under attack. It is a reminder that, despite our current challenges in Turkey, women’s rights have advanced very far in the past 20 years. We will continue to fight for full gender equality and sexual and reproductive rights for all.”

About Pınar İlkkaracan:
Pinar İlkkaracan (born in 1961) is a women’s rights activist and psychotherapist. Founder of the renowned Turkish NGO Women for Women’s Human Rights – New Ways (WWHR), she is the developer of the Human Rights Education Program for Women (HREP) run by WWHR. İlkkaracan also launched an international network of women’s NGOs from Muslim countries (Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies). She has won several awards, including the International Gruber Award for Women’s Rights. İlkkaracan has authored many articles and books on women’s human rights, legal reforms, violence against women, sexual violence, sexuality and sexual and reproductive rights. The books include:

  • Deconstructing Sexuality in the Middle East: Challenges and Discourses. (editor). London: Ashgate, 2008.
  • Women and Sexuality in Muslim Societies (editor). WWHR-NEW WAYS, 2000, translated into Arabic and Turkish.
  • Human Rights Education for Women: A Training Manual, in Turkish (co-author). Istanbul: WWHR-NEW WAYS, 1998.
  • The Myth of the Warm Home: Violence in the Family and Sexual Abuse, in Turkish (co-author). 1996.

About Women for Women
’s Human Rights – New Ways (WWHR): WWHR is an independent women’s non-governmental organization (NGO) that aims to promote women’s human rights, equality and non-discrimination in Turkey and on the international level. Founded in 1993, WWHR was awarded the 1999 Leading Solutions Award by the Association for Women in Development (AWID), in recognition of its contributions to advancing gender equality and social justice. In 2007, it was the recipient of the Gruber Foundation International Women’s Rights Prize for coalition building to increase the knowledge, solidarity, and advocacy on bodily integrity, sexual, reproductive and bodily rights, and human rights among women and men in Muslim societies, and contributing to legal reforms to safeguard women’s human rights and the realization of gender equality in Turkey and around the world. WWHR-New Ways also holds NGO consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN since 2005.

About the Joan B. Dunlop Award:
The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) created the Joan B. Dunlop Award in honor of its first president. A charismatic and courageous leader, Joan Dunlop extended IWHC’s reach and shaped its crucial role in global policy development during her time as president from 1984 to 1998. In tribute to Joan’s extraordinary legacy, the award is presented annually to a deserving activist working to advance the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls in developing countries. Along with a cash prize of $7,500, the award provides well-deserved support and recognition to activists who work under difficult circumstances to fight for the right of women and girls to control their fertility and bodies.

For more information please contact:

Women for Women’s Human Rights – New Ways
Damla Eroğlu, damla.eroglu@wwhr.org
0212 251 00 29, 0542 821 55 51

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