YANINDAYIZ Association aims to achieve gender equality in Turkey based on the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through a mentality and behavioral change
YANINDAYIZ Association, the first of its kind in Turkey and among the very worldwide, aims to fight with the struggle against all obstacles and prejudices that cause gender inequality and sexual discrimination.
The association, founded by a woman, consisting male members aims to develop projects together with men and targeting men in order to accelerate the speed of transformation in gender equality in Turkey.
Chaired by the gender equality advocate Nur Ger, YANINDAYIZ Association founding members are; Agah Uğur, Ahmet Dördüncü, Ahmet Ümit, Arda Batu, Ata Selçuk, Bekir Ağırdır, Bernard Arkas, Burhan Karaçam, Bülent Gürcan, Cevdet Mercan, Cüneyt Yavuz, Doç. Dr. Can Ger, Dr. Alper Hasanoğlu, Dr. Bahadır Kaleağası, Dr. Bülent Atuk, Dr. Erkan Tozluyurt, Dr. Güven Sak, Ferhat Boratav, Gökhan Öğüt, Gönenç Gürkaynak, Görgün Taner, Hakan Güldağ, Laki Vingas, Mehmet Nane, Mert Fırat, Murat Yeşildere, Murat Yetkin, Necati Özkan, Okan Yılmazer, Prof. Dr. Bülent Bayraktar, Sami Kariyo, Selçuk Pehlivanoğlu, Sinan Altun, Soli Özel, Şükrü Ünlütürk, Tamer Saka, Tolga Egemen, Uğur Gürses, Yekta Kopan, and Yetik Kadri Mert.
YANINDAYIZ Association features an Advisory Board composed of female thought pioneers working on gender equality. YANINDAYIZ Association Advisory Board consists; Canan Güllü, Emel Armutçu, Fatma Çiğdem Aydın, Leyla Navaro, Meral Tamer, Müjgan Suver, Nazan Moroğlu, Sanem Oktar, Şule Yüksel, Tijen Mergen, and Ümit Boyner.
At the launch event held, YANINDAYIZ Association President Nur Ger stated that men should defend gender equality side by side with women, and explained the story of the association. “YANINDAYIZ is the first Non-Governmental Organization, mostly consisting men and advocating for gender equality. The target group is men. The primary objective of the association is to create mentality and behavioral change particularly in men. So, why did we launch such an initiative and why did we founded an organization mainly consisted of men? It is not possible to solve this issue without engaging men who are at the root of the issue. As the decision-makers in family, economy and society and the law-makers are mostly consisted of men, we believe the change should start with men. By targeting men and together with men, YANINDAYIZ Association will execute projects and awareness raising activities particularly on ending violence, the provision of equal opportunity in all areas of life such as education, health, labour force, domestic work.
In the video specially prepared for the YANINDAYIZ Association launch event, founding members said;
“The key for social transformation is the women issue.
We are at women’s side for gender equality until,
All kinds of physical, mental, social and economic violence against women are eliminated,
Gender equality and equal opportunities in education is available,
The traditional roles attributed to women change,
They are able to live freely,
To fight against all obstacles causing gender inequality and discrimination,
To have gender equality in recruitment and promotions,
To put an end to gender discrimination in language,
To allow them to be represented equally in politics,
To share the domestic labor responsibility,
And to allow them to take an effective and active role in every area of economy!”
and mentioned the objectives of YANINDAYIZ Association.