Minorities at the UN: Protect the rights of Kurdish women in Turkey
Ela Esra Gunad represented the Association for Social Change, an NGO based in Turkey, at the recent UN Forum on Minority Issues. She spoke about how Kurdish women in Turkey, who, as a result of displacement and discrimination, face difficulties in securing their economic and social rights.
Gunad states that on top of these difficulties, Kurdish women also face issues of poverty, discrimination in employment and sexual violence. She points out that Turkey does not officially recognize the Kurds as a minority group, and their language and culture continues to be denied. While the Turkish government implemented affirmative action measures in 2009, aimed at addressing the Kurdish issue, Gunad argues that these have not proved successful. Read her full statement here or click on the link below to download an audio recording of the statement.