OPEN LETTER: A Sincere Request to Reinstatement of the “Istanbul Convention”
Date: 25 April 2021
To: H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Republic of Turkey Ankara
Dear H.E. Mr. President:
References: Istanbul Convention (11 May 2011; Council of Europe Convention CECT Treaty No. 210, put into force on 1 August 2014); UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goal #5; Gender Equality (September 2015) and Universal Declaration of Human Rights (signed by Turkey in 1949); and Turkey as the founding member of the United Nations, UN Charter (1945).
Sayın T.C. Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Ankara
Sayın Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan:
Referanslar: İstanbul Sözleşmesi (11 Mayıs 2011; Avrupa Konseyi Sözleşmesi AB Antlaşması No. 210, 1 Ağustos 2014 tarihinde TBMM onayıyla yürürlüğe girmiştir); BM 2030 Sürdürülebilir Kalkınma Hedefi # 5; Cinsiyet Eşitliği (Eylül 2015) ve İnsan Hakları Evrensel Beyannamesini (10 Aralık 1948), 1949 yılında ise Birleşmiş Milletler’e üyelik ön koşulu olarak da, Türkiye kurucu üye statüsüyle (1945), “Insan Hakları” Beyannamesini imzalayan ilk 40 ülke içinde yer almıştır.
The Light Millennium, Consulate General of India in New York, Shanti Fund and Anuvrat Global Organization (Anuvibha) take immense pleasure to invite you on the eve of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150 birth anniversary.
On Thursday April 11, The Light Millennium led and hosted a UN related side event under the theme of Peace, Women, Security & Secularism (PWSS) in reflection of the 19th Anniversary of the Unite Nations Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Along with the UNSCR #1325 & Secularism main concept, the event presented in support of and in conjunction with the SDGs 5, 16 and 17.
Report on the UNSCR 1325 On PEACE, WOMEN, SECURITY & SECULARISM Event by: Jonathon CUMMINGS, Partnership Manager, World Human Accountability Organization & in collaboration with Bircan Ünver, The Light Millennium
CONFERENCE ON PEACE, WOMEN, SECURITY & SECULARISM Towards the 19th Anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women and Peace and Security and in support of SDGs #5, #16 and #17 by Sevgin OKTAY, Representative of The Light Millennium to the UN Department of Global Communications
“Women have fulfilled their responsibilities with humility and human dignity and strong spirituality. I have personally witnessed these heroic and sacrificial contributions in my native country of Zambia and Southern Africa region during decades of the fight for freedom and independence from colonial and racist domination, Victory and liberation would not have been won without the vigilant and steadfast contributions of women in these nations and region.”
“Raising children with required values and as useful members of the society requires high qualities. Therefore, women, being the nation’s mothers, need to be more enlightened and progressive than men.” Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK
Presented by Mirat YAVALAR, Co-Founder & Treasurer, ATATÜRK SOCIETY OF AMERICA (UN – DGC – CSO) at conference PEACE, WOMEN, SECURITY & SECULARISM
“If we care about advancing human development, if we care about equality, if we care about achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, then we need to run this race together—because when you want to go fast, go alone, when you want to go far, go together.” How far do we want to go?”
Presented by Jonathan CUMMINGS, Partnership Manager, World Human Accountability Organization
I am honored to be here as a contemporary author of modern Turkey where great leader Atatürk introduced secularism, ninty one years ago.
I feel so lucky to have grown up in Atatürk’s Turkey, and also in a family where girls, for generations, had been raised as praised individuals with rights to study, to choose their way of life, to choose their husbands with whom they stood beside with love all the way. Those women were strong and brave and they set a great example for me.
Excellencies, Mr. Faircloth, Colleagues, and Friends, I am Sermin Özçilingir, President of the Turkish Women’s League of America (TWLA). We are very excited to be a part of as one of the co-sponsors of the “PEACE, WOMEN, SECURITY AND SECULARISM” program. In my speech, I would like to relate our organization’s mission and programs with SDG-5 and SDG-16 in connection with the secular education and democratic societies and institutions.