UETD Women – Who We Are

UETD Women is represented in 16 different countries with 144 branches.
The foundation of our corporate work generates respect and mutual understanding of differences. Therefore, UETD Women has made it a duty to be nongovernmental organization that takes care of the interests of Eurpean Turkish Women, in order to resolve prejudice thoughts in society alongside advocating to coorperate with different women`s associations of Europe for the peace of society. UETD Women acts as a bridge between Europe and Turkey and adds value to the Euro-Turkish partnership.

Our vision

1. UETD Women aims to support women’s social, political and cultural development and help them take active roles in society, and attach great importance to cooperate with other women’s associations present in all countries, regardless of religion, language, race and gender.
2. UETD Women aims to identify the current problems of ethnic Turkish women and to make them aware of their democratic rights and to produce theoretical and practical solutions to develop political, legal and social beings in the field of justice and rule of law.
3. UETD Women supports the native language education of children living in Europe and carries out activities to raise their level of education and uses this to cooperate with the educational institutions of the respective countries.
4. UETD Women provides these tools to support their work in areas of social and cultural significance:
– Organize events on special days and weeks
– Educational seminars, panels and conferences
– International Women summits
– Fundraising campaigns

The vision of UETD Women is to work actively against Islamophobia and racism in all countries using dialogue and referral channels.

 

1st International Women’s Summit

Then there was war passed from there.. No house, no memory could remain without damage. Everything became rotten: friendship, love, dedication, kinship, faith, loyalty. Even death. Yes, today even death seems dirty and corrupted to me. The famous writer Amin Maalouf was articulating the damage caused by war to humanity with these sentences.

Whilst observing human rights being trampled with bombs and bombings, is it possible to remain neutral, indecisive and indifferent? We observe all together that the greatest violence and violations of rights are occurring during wars. The highest percentage of civilians exposed to inhuman actions such as maltreatment, unlawful execution, plunder and torture consists of women. In traditional thought, as women are seen as tools of taking revenge by the enemy, they are the ones who are affected and suffer damage the most by wars.

Women who have lost their husbands and children during war are the ones who on the one hand, suffer for losing their loved ones, on the other hand live in the most painful way with the wounds opened by the war. It is again women who suffer the greatest victimisation after the war as well. On the one hand whilst they try to forget their pain, on the other hand they go through great struggles to sustain the livelihood of their children as they are left alone in life. In this context, wars and the heavy burdens that are loaded onto women’s shoulders and with great wounds opened in their hearts, are situations which must be kept on the world’s agenda continuously.

During the war in Syria, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMRHN) pointed out that as many as 6000 women have been raped since March of 2011, since the conflict began. The report prepared by this organization shows how hundreds of Syrian women were detained arbitrarily and subjected to various forms of torture, in state-owned detention centers. In the same report it is emphasized that women are kidnapped for the exchange of convicted prisoners or revenge and now it has become a type of strategy. In the recent past, the example of Bosnia and currently the example of Syria shows the magnitude of the peril.

These two examples which will be engraved as a black mark on the history of humanity, appears as clear evidence of the treatment to which women are subjected. The fears, horrors and helplessness that women have experienced during wars continues after the war is over. Although the factors of this traumatic condition die out, mental disorders emerge after the incidents that have been lived through. In the research that was done after the Second World War, it was identified that some soldiers carried traces of trauma despite many years having passed. It brings along a difficult period for women to find themselves again, after losing their homes and countries.

The silence towards these wars of the world’s states and the important institutions and organisations within these states, is an indicator that women in the war-weary countries have been left alone to their own devices. People who have conscience and compassion should say stop to these course of events. We should not allow any longer what is being done to women in front of the whole world during wars to be legitimised and we have to reveal this ugly face of war.

Otherwise, discourse of a liveable world will go no further than a dream and the tragedies experienced will leave great effects on future generations.