Sengul Akcar

Sengul Akcar

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Name: Sengul Akcar
Sengül received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Yildiz Technical University in 1976. After studying English in the UK, she returned to Turkey where she obtained a Master's degree in Public Administration at Bosphorus University in Istanbul and launched her foundation. In the early 1980's, the feminist movement began to grow rapidly in Turkey. Although Sengül participated in activities of Turkish feminist groups in the early 1980's, she understood that it was necessary to empower the majority of women who were often excluded from elitist feminist circles. She was determined to establish an organization which was outside the scope of the existing women's groups in Turkey. She understood that for people to lead quality lives, those women who had no voice and were living in poverty, needed to gain a platform for active participation in society. She launched her foundation with initial financial support from family members and from the local municipality. Sengül was one of the first to start an NGO after the 1980 military coup.

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Oct 09, 2013 / 0 Comments / in Human Rights, Citizen participation

صمم سنجول أكار مؤسسة مجتمعية فريدة تهدف إلى تعليم النساء الفقيرات وأسرهن وتمكينهم، وخاصة في المناطق الريفية. بالعمل على المستوى المجتمعي، زادت برامج سنجول من ظهور النساء على الساحة السياسية ومشاركتهن في العملية الديموقراطية.

Sep 24, 2013 / 0 Comments / in Human Rights, Citizen participation

Sengül Akcar a conçu une fondation unique, au sein d'une communauté, qui éduque et fait progresser les femmes et familles déshéritées. Celle-ci permet aux femmes de s'émanciper de leur rôle traditionnellement limité en obtenant leur indépendance financière et surtout un respect d'elles-mêmes. Ceci, en leur enseignant des compétences à l'encontre des traditions, telles que la charpente.

Sep 12, 2013 / 0 Comments / in Human Rights, Citizen participation

Sengül Akcar has designed a community-based foundation that educates and empowers poor women and families. She does this by enabling women to break from their traditional, limiting roles and to gain financial independence and self-respect by learning nontraditional skills, such as carpentry.

Micro-net Business Portal Project aims to support low-income women in improving their entrepreneurship capacity and economic participation. Within this scope; women with micro scale initiatives/initiative ideas are given free and on-going counseling, information and communication services on the web based Micro-net Business Portal. The Portal can be seen on