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Melis Figanmese
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Melis is a Program Assistant with Turkish Philanthropy Funds (TPF), a non-profit based on the community philanthropy model that works with NGOs on the ground in Turkey to make a lasting social impact. Before TPF, she completed her Master’s in International Relations and worked with the United Nations Human Rights communications office in Geneva, Switzerland.

Follow her on Twitter @melismine.

Entries by Melis Figanmese

Promise Me Humanity

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 4:38 PM

So this is the day, the last of days. Three hundred and sixty-five days of protests, lay-ins, new laws, broken laws, innocent jailing, pride, nationalism, fear and hope. This day, without failure, wipes the windshield of mud and dirt, eternally with the promise of change. There lays the golden box...

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Access to Technology for All Women in Turkey

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 2:56 PM

It is no doubt Turkey's women are tech savvy. They're laughing all over social media at conservative ideals and throwing slippers to oppose violence against women in Turkey. Women with access to technology and the know-how are taking Twitter by storm, turning to online means to surpass the...

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Women's Political Participation on the Rise in Turkey

(3) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 3:51 PM


This past week's local elections have shown a positive move for women's participation in politics in Turkey. The number of elected female mayors has risen 30 percent from the last elections and for the first time women will be running

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Turkey

(9) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 12:21 PM

You've travelled to Turkey, eaten the local cuisine, danced at the open air nightclubs, made new friends, indulged in the local drink and chatted with the shopkeepers at the bazar. So now you can say you know Turkey? Or do you?

As the second largest country in Europe, Turkey's social...

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Girls of Hope

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 2:50 PM

My father would not send me to private courses to get ready for the high school entrance exam but the owner of the preparatory school gave me a discount and so I managed to attend. We are trying to pay the rest of the course money by selling beans my...
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Working to End Violence Against Women in Turkey

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 7:44 PM

"For years I was intimidated though oppression and fear. I went to a KAMER meeting. There was a beautiful woman there. A really beautiful woman, an engaging and confident woman. I was sitting in a corner. I felt so awful at that moment. I felt so low, thinking," Will she...

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Finding Beauty in a Broken World

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 2:20 PM

Shocked by its beauty, as the plane landed into the city of Van, in the southeastern region of Turkey, we were engulfed by the bluest of blue water from the lake and snowcapped mountains. On our airplane, Dayle...

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The Power of a Woman's Work

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 9:55 AM

When a woman has the chance to work and earn her own money, the outcome is outstanding. Not only will that woman lift herself and her family out of poverty, but her pride and confidence will skyrocket. She will pass this same poise onto her children, which will have a...

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Women of Istanbul

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2013 | 4:20 PM

In order to provide Founder of Women One and UNICEF Ambassador, Dayle Haddon, with a true understanding of the situation of women in Turkey, Turkish Philanthropy Funds (TPF) felt it was essential to visit various cities throughout our vast, dynamic and diverse country. Each...

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A Field Mission to Turkey

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 4:01 PM

How many adults do you know personally who cannot read or write? What if I opened a window to show you a world where literacy, access to education and women's rights are more uncommon than you may think? On top of that, I could show you how NGOs are filling...

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