Human Rights

“Participation of civil society empowers the municipality”

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
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Dide Tayfur from Çankaya Municipality: “Participation of civil society organizations both in the strategic action plan and local equality action plan processes of municipalities also develops the capacity of the municipality itself.”

In the afternoon sessions of the second day (14th October) of the Kaos GL Activism School on Local Governments, communication with the municipalities and Kaos GL’s policy paper on local governments were discussed with Dide Tayfur and Murat Köylü. At first, Dide Tayfur from Çankaya Municipality Equality and Awareness Bureau told about the general structure of local governments and what could be the communication ways with municipalities.

After emphasizing the effects of central government on local governments, Tayfur comprehensively explained the communication ways with the municipalities: personal application through ‘welcome desks’ of the municipality, online applications through Presidential Communication Center (CİMER) in the scope of right to information act and right to petition, and online application via e-municipality service of Turkey.

Underlining that equality units of the municipalities have to contact with civil society organizations working on advancing LGBTI+ rights in terms of their foundation purpose and structure, Tayfur said: “Participation of civil society organizations both in the strategic action plan and local equality action plan processes of municipalities also develops the capacity of the municipality itself.” 

At the last session of the second day of the School, Murat Köylü from Kaos GL presented Kaos GL’s policy paper on local governments. Through the policy paper, Köylü told about the policies supporting human rights and struggling discrimination.

“In terms of participation, we demand for dialogue, raising our voice and collaboration between public and civil society. For developing anti-discrimination strategies, we demand for legislation and comprehensive policies.”

The last day of the school (15th October) has ended with the civil society forum on “How can we act together?”. During the forum, evaluation of the Activism School on Local Governments has been discussed with the criticisms and contributions of the participants, and participants also discussed the joint action plan for the communication and collaboration with local governments in their locals.

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*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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