Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR) – New Ways, an independent women’s NGO, was founded in 1993 with the aim of promoting women’s human rights in Turkey and on the international level. Since its foundation, WWHR has become a widely renowned non-governmental organization around the globe. Through a decade of activism, advocacy and lobbying, WWHR – New Ways has contributed significantly to various legal reforms in Turkey, networking in Muslim societies and promotion of women’s human rights at the United Nations (UN) level. Since 2005, WWHR - New Ways has consultative status with the Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN.
On the international level, WWHR – New Ways has successfully worked to initiate a network of academicians and NGOs advocating for women’s human rights in Muslim societies. It has initiated and is coordinating “The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR)” , the first active solidarity network in Muslim Societies for the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights as human rights. Our publications include the first comprehensive reader on human rights and sexuality, Women and Sexuality in Muslim Societies published in English, Turkish and Arabic. Our co-founder Pinar Ilkkaracan, and the two organizations she co-founded (WWHR and the CSBR) were announced as the recipient of 2007 Women's Rights Award issued by the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation.
Our Human Rights Education Program for Women, which has celebrated its 11th anniversary in 2006, is one of the most widespread and comprehensive non-formal human rights education programs in the world. It was elected as one of the “best tactics in human rights worldwide” in an international program coordinated by The Centre for Victims of Torture.
WWHR – New Ways was elected as one of the NGOs worldwide to deliver a statement at the U.N. March 8th Global World Conference in 1999, in recognition of its advocacy and lobbying efforts towards the adoption of a protection order law against domestic violence in Turkey. WWHR was also 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.
What is characteristic about WWHR-New Ways?
- WWHR has an integrative approach towards the issue of women's human rights and takes into consideration the connections between various issues relevant to women (such as violence against women, economical rights, legal rights, sexuality, fertility rights, rights of girl children).
- WWHR combines in its work the various methods of action-research, publication, training, advocacy & lobbying at the decision making and policy level and finally, outreach at the grassroots and community levels.
- WWHR puts equal emphasis on its work at the local, national, regional and international levels.