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İnsan Hakları Evrensel Beyannamesi ve Neo Liberal Ekonomi Politikaları – Mutlu Bir İzdivaç Mümkün mü? (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Neoliberal Economic Policies – Is a Happy Marriage Possible?) (2009, Turkish)

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İnsan Hakları Evrensel Beyannamesi ve Neo Liberal Ekonomi Politikaları – Mutlu Bir İzdivaç Mümkün mü? (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Neoliberal Economic Policies – Is a Happy Marriage Possible?) (2009, Turkish)

The allocation of public resources at large to bolster big businesses rather than provide direct support to the precarious and vulnerable sectors of society has once again revealed the contradictions between neoliberal economic discourses and a human rights discourse.

İpek İlkkaracan
Güncel Hukuk Dergisi (Journal of Contemporary Law)
May 2009

Re/forming the Penal Code in Turkey from a Gender Perspective: The Case of a Successful Campaign

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Re/forming the Penal Code in Turkey from a Gender Perspective: The Case of a Successful Campaign (2007, English)

This study has been published under the auspices of the Citizen Engagement and National Policy Change project launched by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in order to encourage the active participation of citizens in the process of formulating national laws and policies.

Pınar İlkkaracan

Advocating Sexual Rights: The Campaign for the Reform of the Turkish Penal Code

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Advocating Sexual Rights: The Campaign for the Reform of the Turkish Penal Code (2007, English)

Taboos reinforced by the rise of conservative political forces continue to engender and fuel oppressive constructs and misconceptions with regards to women’s sexuality. This paper explores how women’s sexual and bodily rights advocates struggle against these mechanisms, and outlines key driving forces and obstacles to achieving political success in this area based on the campaign for the reform of the Turkish Penal Code.

Liz Erçevik Amado
Building Feminist Movements and Organizations
Zed Books & The Association of Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)
New York, 2007

Gender, Sexuality and Criminal Laws in the Middle East and North Africa

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Gender, Sexuality and Criminal Laws in the Middle East and North Africa (2005, English)

The article is based on a comparative study on how gender and sexuality is regulated in the criminal laws of the Middle East and North Africa. Examining the similarities of criminal codes with respect to sexuality in the two regions, it approaches them through a historical and cultural lens to provide an insight into the tribal, religious, and colonial backgrounds of these laws. Also comparing the use of terms such as ‘honor, adultery, marital rape, homosexuality, sex work, FGM’ etc., in both regions, the article explores how human rights violations are legitimized by criminal law in these regions and how the oppression of sexuality is perpetuated. Considered the most comprehensive study on the issue up to date, the article is of great significance for advocates of legal reform for providing an in-depth historical and contemporary analysis of gender, sexuality, and criminal systems.

Sherifa Zuhur
Istanbul, 2005

Human Rights Education as a Tool of Grassroots Organizing and Social Transformation: A Case Study from Turkey

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Human Rights Education as a Tool of Grassroots Organizing and Social Transformation: A Case Study from Turkey (2005, English )

This article focuses on the impact of the program on women participating, as well as the methodological factors that contribute to its success in catalyzing social transformation through local organizations.

Pınar İlkkaracan, Liz Erçevik Amado
Intercultural Education Vol.6, No.2, May 2005, pp. 115-128