The International Women's Symposium, in which women from different geographies shared their struggles for life, was held at the Mustafa Necati Cultural Center, hosted by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. At the opening of the symposium, President Soyer said, “We support women's struggle against rights violations and forming a union of forces. Our aim is to bring the violence against women, which is increasing day by day in our country and in the world, to the agenda once again and point out the solutions.”
The first event at the Mustafa Necati Cultural Center, opened by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, was the International Women's Symposium. İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer and his wife İzmir Village-Koop President Neptün Soyer, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Mayor Mustafa Özuslu, CHP İzmir Deputy Sevda Erdan Kılıç, CHP Ankara Deputy and PM Member Gamze Taşcıer, IYI Party Chairman. Deputy Sibel Yanıkömeroğlu, CHP İzmir Provincial President Deniz Yücel, CHP Women's Branch Chairman Aylin Nazlıaka, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Council Member Nilay Kökkılınç, Ayvalık Deputy Mayor Erkan Karasu, Agricultural Newspapers and Writers Association President İsmail Uğural, CHP Women's Branches, academics, chamber Representatives of associations and non-governmental organizations attended.
Don't forget the International Farmer Women's Day
The 2021 final event of the Women's Games Festival, which was held for the first time in four cities with the theme of women in Turkey last March; Speaking at the opening of the International Women's Symposium in İzmir, President Soyer said, “Happy International Women's Day to all working women who add value to the land. I congratulate the architects of strong agriculture and the producers of healthy food. As the Metropolitan Municipality, we support our women in every field. I wholeheartedly believe that we will grow and develop the agriculture sector together in İzmir," he said.
Symposium gives hope to women's struggle
Underlining that the symposium is also the final event of the Women's Games Festival, launched by Ankara Art Theater in March, President Soyer said, “We are honored to host activists, politicians, lawyers and artists working in the field of women's rights from the world and our country. . Presenting the problems experienced by women to the audience through art, the Women's Games Festival attracted a great deal of attention. Despite the pandemic conditions, the large number of participation in the festival events held in Ankara, Bandırma, Çanakkale and Ayvalık gives hope to all of us on behalf of the women's struggle in our country.
We will find the solution to violence against women through a common struggle.
Stating that they support women's struggle against rights violations and forming a union of forces with the International Women's Symposium hosted by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Mayor Soyer continued his speech as follows:
“Our aim is to bring the violence against women, which is increasing day by day in our country and in the world, to the agenda once again and point out the solutions. Even if the women who are subjected to violence live in different countries and have different languages, religions or ethnicities; Their problems and struggles are very similar. Equality, justice, democracy and freedom are the basic and legitimate demands of women of the world. In this valuable symposium, women from different geographies such as Europe, Iran and Afghanistan will share their unique struggle experiences in their own countries. It will seek common methods of struggle.”
We need women's will in solving problems
Underlining that the need for women's will in solving problems that affect humanity and all living things, such as the climate crisis, has become evident once again, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer said, “Therefore, I hope that today, October 15, will be one of the important milestones of the women's struggle. In the Mustafa Necati Cultural Center, which hosted the International Women's Symposium on the day it opened, I see this horizon and determination to struggle well in the faces and hearts of precious women. I sincerely hope that our meeting will make valuable contributions to the women's struggle and be fruitful for all participants.”
none of us are as strong as all of us
Speaking at the opening of the symposium, CHP Women's Branch Chairman Aylin Nazlıaka said, “We women are connected to each other by invisible threads. We came together against the misogynist mentality. Giving up the Istanbul Convention, which is a lifeline for women, means giving up the right to life. As CHP, we implemented an article of the Istanbul Convention and offered a call center. We provide support on issues such as free legal support, psychological support, transportation support. Because none of us are as strong as all of us. We touch lives as we reach out. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality employs women everywhere in order to make progress in the local area for equality. The key project, women sailors, women drivers, mechanics, opened new branches in order to employ women, happily our Metropolitan Municipality is setting an example for Turkey," he said.
We reject patriarchal oppression
IYI Party Deputy Chairman Sibel Yanıkömeroğlu said, “Women's word is abundance. Her word is courage. It is not to destroy, but to glorify. We are determined to carry women's economic freedom, rights and position to the next level by touching women on the field. Gender equality needs to be resolved urgently in our country. Men and women are equal and have equal rights before work, family and the law. So-called excuses should not be made. We reject patriarchal oppression. Violence should not be normalized. These are one of the important solution points. Happy women will always raise a happier future and happy children.”
Thanks to President Soyer
The first session of the symposium was moderated by CHP Ankara Deputy and PM member Gamze Taşcıer, with the participation of Lawyer Nazan Moroğlu, Afghan female activist Valvala Jalal, Iranian female activist Masih Alinejad and International University Women's Federation Vice President Başak Ovacık. Taşçıer said: “I would like to thank İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer for always being there for us from the first day and for putting women-friendly municipalism into practice.”
At the symposium, in which the universality of women's struggle for rights and freedom was emphasized and women from different geographies conveyed their own unique struggles, women from Afghanistan, who had been going through hard times in the last days, were not forgotten either.
Women's posts will continue on Saturday.
On the second day of the symposium, on October 16, under the moderation of Lawyer Feyza Altun, İzmir Village-Koop President Neptün Soyer, Afghanistan's first female governor Habiba Sarabi, Belgian woman activist and former senator Simone Susskind and Palestinian artist Reem Kelani will take place as speakers. The event at the end of the second day will be the theater play “A Woman Wakes Up” by Aysel Yıldırım at 20.00:XNUMX.