Pinar Ilkkaracan

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Pinar Ilkkaracan, a researcher, activist, trainer, and psychotherapist, is the founder of Women for Women’s Human Rights (WWHR)-New Ways, a Turkish NGO that engages in advocacy and lobbying for women’s human rights at the national, regional and international levels, conducts women’s human rights training programs, and coordinates an international program to promote sexual and bodily rights as human rights in Muslim societies. WWHR-New Ways is currently leading the campaign to amend Turkey’s Penal codes that adversely affect women and, in 1999, was awarded the AWID Leading Solutions Award by the Association for Women's Rights in Development in recognition of its contributions to advancing gender equality and social justice.

Ms. Ilkkaracan has authored numerous articles on violence against women, women in Muslim societies, women in Turkey, and women and sexuality. She edited the book, Women and Sexuality in Muslim Societies and co-authored a human rights manual, Human Rights and Legal Literacy Training Manual, which is used in community centers throughout Turkey to raise awareness of women’s reproductive rights. She is also a member of the Global Fund for Women's Advisory Council, the International Advisory Committee of BRIDGE at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), and the Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health and Ethics.

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