Human Rights

Activism School on Local Governments has started today!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Activism School organized second time this year by Kaos GL Association has rung its bell for “Local Governments”. 

In the scope of the Capacity Building Program for LGBTI Activists and Organizations, Local Government School has started today in İzmir. During three days, alternative ways of struggling against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity within local governments will be open to discussions in the scope of the School.

The first day of the school started with Head of İzmir Karabağlar City Council and Kaos GL member Nazik Işık’s comprehensive presentation on where local governments in our lives. LGBTI human rights defenders coming from Ankara, Antalya, Bursa, Çanakkale, İstanbul, İzmir and Manisa sought answer for ‘why local governments are important’ during the session. 

Why local governments are important for us?

Işık started her speech by reminding how local governments are involved in every aspect of our daily lives such as the water we take shower, the ways we walk or the bus we take, etc. Sampling the inclusion of local governments in our daily life practices, Işık told about the structures of local governments.

Reminding that centralizations cause the isolation from people in the field of administration, Işık underlined that municipalities, metropolitan municipalities in particular, are also operated with a classical presidency regime, so they are not effective in terms of participation. Işık also emphasized the importance of being organized in local level:

“The only way that metropolitan municipalities could see microorganisms like us is to be organized in our locals.”

By the end of her presentation, Nazik Işık mentioned the principles of the European Urban Charter and the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life. While emphasizing that legislation is not enough for change life in local level, Işık told that the most important in municipal work is to work in terms of needs and demands, and to be represented in decision making mechanisms.

*Activism School on Local Governments is also a part the joint project, The Time is Now: Consolidating Regional Efforts for Advancing LGBTI Rights and Equality in the Western Balkans and Turkey, which has been conducted among the member organizations of LGBTI Equal Rights and Association for Western Balkans and Turkey (ERA) and financed by European Union.

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