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Women for Women's Human Rights

Pinar Ilkkaracan
"We don't want roses, we want rights" (Pinar Ilkkaracan during the Civil Code campaign 2001)

Pinar Ilkkaracan, a researcher, activist, trainer and psychotherapist, is one of the founders of Women for Women's Human Rights (WWHR), a leading women's advocacy organisation in Turkey established in 1993. WWHR lobbies for women's human rights at national, regional and international levels, and conducts human rights training programs.

Ilkkaracan also co-founded the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies, an international network of NGOs and academics in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

Ilkkaracan has published extensively on women and law, sexuality and religion, sexual and reproductive rights, human rights education and violence against women. She edited the book Women and Sexuality in Muslim Societies and co-authored the Human Rights and Legal Literacy Training Manual, which is used in community centres throughout Turkey to raise awareness of women's reproductive rights.

In 1999, WWHR was awarded the AWID Leading Solutions Award by the Association for Women's Rights in Development in recognition of its contributions to advancing gender equality and social justice. Ilkkaracan and WWHR played a central role in the campaigns of the 1990s and in the reform of the Civil Code (2001) and the Penal Code (2004).

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