Initiatives

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Since inception, EED has supported over 600 initiatives aimed at promoting democracy in the EU neighbourhood and beyond. This database provides an insight into the work of EED partners over the years. However, due to the sensitive nature of certain initiatives and personal security risks facing some grantees in the restrictive environments where they operate, not all initiatives are listed in the database.

  • Arkhé Projesi

    Country: Turkey

    A student-run project founded to counter the erosion of quality in higher education and to promote critical thinking, Arkhé Projesi runs summer school for students and has developed a relevant online presence, with lectures and blog posts about various social, cultural, and political issues. EED’s funding is allowing them to increase their institutional capacity and the volume of their educational activities in the realm of democracy and human rights.

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  • Civic Space Studies Association

    Country: Turkey

    In Turkey, universities have become a central ideological battleground and a target of government oppression, affecting academics as well as students. The Civic Space Studies (CSS) has been established as an association aimed at supporting the expansion of civic space, monitoring and countering the crackdown on civic activism by the government. With EED’s support, the association’s objective is to bring the issue of persecution of student activists and young rights advocates to the fore and provide much needed support to campus activism.

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  • Adana Feminist Avukatlar Inisiyatifi

    Country: Turkey

    The Adana Feminist Lawyers Initiative was formed by a group of female lawyers who have worked on defending women subjected to domestic violence in the city of Adana in Turkey. Ultimately, they aim to change gender discriminatory attitudes of the judicial system in the Adana province and increase public awareness on these issues. They also aim to train the upcoming generation of lawyers on how to identify and counter gender discrimination in the judicial system.

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  • İzmir Solidarity and Scientific Research Association

    Country: Turkey

    The İzmir Solidarity Academy (IDA) is an association initiated by academics to serve the needs of academics who have faced dismissal and oppression for endorsing peace and standing by truth and justice. IDA aims to strengthen solidarity among academics and to enhance the democratic culture in İzmir and surrounding provinces by cooperating with other civil society organizations and individual activists.

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  • Kısa Dalga - Independent News Podcast

    Country: Turkey

    Kisa Dalga (short wave in Turkish) is a podcast created by journalist Kemal Goktas, that provides a broad Turkish audience with high-quality, rights-oriented, mainstream reporting. The podcast broadcasts weekly programs that focus on a range of social and political issues. With EED’s support, this initiative will enable Gotkas to fill a gap in the Turkish media landscape with high-quality in-depth reporting and analysis.

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  • Karşı Sanat Culture Institute

    Country: Turkey

    This unique cultural initiative functions as ‘hub’ for artists, academics, students and civil society members to come together and engage in critical discussions on political and social issues in Turkey. The aim is to help young intellectuals and artists to gain experience in collective production processes and become active and socially engaged citizens.

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  • Accessible Film Festival

    Country: Turkey

    With EED’s support, the Puruli Culture and Art Association will organise the 7th annual Accessible Film Festival in Turkey. People living in Istanbul, Eskisehir and Ankara who have a visual, hearing or orthopaedic impairment will be offered enhanced access to film screenings so they are able to engage meaningfully in cultural experiences. The films are screened in accessible venues with audio description, sign language translation, detailed subtitling, autism friendly screenings etc. Ultimately, the festival’s film library and accessibility methods will be made available for other institutions to arrange screenings in various cities in Turkey.

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  • This is not Me

    Country: Turkey

    With EED’s support, journalists Jeyan kader Gulsen and Zekiye Bacak Bakirhan, two dismissed female journalists, will establish their own documentary film production company focused on human rights issues. Their upcoming project is a documentary depicting the struggles of gay men in Turkey by telling the story of three ordinary Turkish men from conservative backgrounds who have been forced to hide their sexuality. Through their intimate portrayal of these stories, the filmmakers aim to counter rampant homophobia in Turkey by opening up a space for discussion on homophobia and fostering reflection and change in attitudes toward LGBT rights.

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  • Capacity building for Lis yayinevi

    Country: Turkey

    Lis Yayinevi, a publishing house based in Diyarbakir, the largest city in the Kurdish region of Turkey, aims to forge a rare space for free expression, debate and literary creation. Through their work, Lis will play a role in supporting Kurdish minority rights by producing high quality Kurdish literature that will encourage an increased public exposure to the Kurdish language which has been widely suppressed.

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  • Teyit.org Verification Working Group

    Country: Turkey

    The rise in popularity of social media platforms as important information sources in Turkey, has opened the door to an equally rapid dissemination of unverified information and biased content.

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