FSWW aims to develop women’s capacity and their communication with each other to specify individual and shared goals, develop and implement suggestions for solutions and allocate resources to bring issues to the local agenda. With this goal, it opens Women and Children Centers to create public space where women are brought together, enhances the knowledge and skills necessary to launch social and economic initiatives and strengthens the dialogue with local authorities. For this reason, it supports women organizing, starting with their priority issues for themselves and their children, bringing them to the local agenda to find an appropriate solution for everyone and cooperate with various sectors at the local level in the framework of the solutions developed. In this context, the foundation develops and implements training programs to build women’s collective leadership skills and supports establishment of the women’s cooperatives as their independent organizations.
Organization/Cooperatives: The FSWW gives training and consultancy services to support women’s organizing around the needs of women. In recent years, women’s cooperatives have become a movement with the FSWW’s efforts. So far, the FSWW has supported the formation of 26 cooperatives in various cities as well as developing a training program and a manual about founding and managing a women’s cooperative. To support women’s cooperatives, the Women’s Cooperative Communication and Support Center was formed as its own structure. Since 2004, it has given women’s cooperatives the opportunity to come together, share information and experience and develop cooperation for joint solutions. In 2008, it facilitated the formation of the Women’s Cooperatives’ Communication Network.
For more information: Women’s Cooperatives’ Communication Network
Training Programs: The FSWW organizes trainings programs to strengthen women’s knowledge about topics required in everyday life (leadership and organizing, financial literacy, computer and internet usage, entrepreneurship, neighborhood mothers, child development and education, etc.) and their collective leadership skills. The training programs are held all over Turkey by local women groups/cooperatives that have received training of trainers from the FSWW. The FSWW provides support to the groups conducting the trainings on matters such as trainers, technical infrastructure, training materials and reporting. Leadership and Organizing Training has reached nearly 700 women in 14 provinces. For Computer and Internet Use Training, 24 computers have been provided to 10 cooperatives in 6 provinces. Financial Literacy Training is extended with support from Citibank and volunteers experienced in the subject.
Study Trips: The foundation organizes study trips regarding “good practices” in areas of interest to women. Groups wanting to begin early childhood education programs or start a cooperative and especially groups starting new initiatives meet with experienced groups and learn from each other in an organized way.
Peer Exchanges: The FSWW brings together women’s groups conducting similar activities to share their experiences and have a chance to improve the work they’re doing, develop new cooperation and enhance their programs.
Dialogue-Building Meetings: Women hold meetings regularly with municipal and public authorities, the private sector, universities and civil society organizations to be included in joint initiatives at the local level, share information and experience and develop dialogue with other sectors in society.
Participation in the Gender-Based Local Budgeting Process: The FSWW, in cooperation with Beyoğlu Municipality and the General Directorate of Women’s Status and Problems and with financial support from the European Union carried out a study to assess the public budget from a the perspective of gender for the first time in Turkey in 2006. In this context, women living in the Beyoğlu district formed neighborhood committees and identified women’s needs and priorities, analyzed the municipal budget from the perspective of women’s needs and priorities and developed recommendations for the budget to reflect them. FSWW wrote about this experience and produced a film on the subject. It also supports local groups working in this area with training programs it has developed.