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Human Rights Observers Gathered at Etkiniz Forum

The third Etkiniz Forum was organized by Etkiniz EU program this year on June 4 and 5, 2022, in the Seferihisar district of İzmir. At the forum, which brought together civil society organizations working in the field of human rights, the concept of "intersectionality" in human rights was discussed.

In the forum titled #What We Do Not Monitor, the founder of Deep Poverty Network, Hacer Foggo, and the representative of International Child Rights Network (CRIN), Veronica Yates, answered the question of what civil society organizations are not monitoring. Foggo emphasized that poverty is one of the most important human rights issues today, but that studies of poverty in human rights monitoring are inadequate. Yates pointed out how important the protection of human rights and human dignity has become in the pandemic era.

In the panel, where an answer to the question #HowtoMonitor was sought, the intersections of different rights areas in human rights monitoring studies were discussed. In the session moderated by Murat Çekiç, Key Expert on Civil Society Capacity Building at Etkiniz, İlknur Üstün from the Women's Coalition, Murat Köylü from Kaos GL and Baskut Tuncak, former Special Rapporteur on Toxic Waste and Human Rights from UN, took the floor. In the four simultaneous sessions on #Intersections that followed the panel discussion, participants shared their experiences in the field.

During the two-day forum, we also provided information about supports provided by STGM and the BİRLİKTE Support Program.

Etkiniz EU program was launched in 2019 by the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey to support CSOs, networks, platforms and civil initiatives in monitoring compliance with the International Human Rights Framework. Etkiniz also supports capacity building and networking skills of civil society through forums, trainings and dialog events.

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