Women’s and Children’s Rights under Attack in Turkey


The Country that We Devoted Our Lives

I never knew I had such strong ties to the world. Leaving my home was deeply painful. Even more hurtful, my country was now closing the doors to us.

Not Searching for Heaven, Just Escaping from Hell

I had thought myself to be a strong person, a human rights defender. But the accusation of terrorism and the treatment we had under custody was so heavy that I could not remain calm, or say the words I wanted to say.

My Mom`s Heart is Too Weak for Prison

When I heard that my parents were taken into custody, I thought “there must be a mistake". Even my 4-year-old brother was questioned by the police in a room separate from my parents.

Cost of the Purge: A Drowned Family in Aegean Sea

The Greek Coast guards in the Mytilene Island found a drowned Maden family, a tragic summary of the mass persecution towards Hizmet Movement members.

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"Mothers Away from Motherland" Panel Discussion

Atlanta | May 12, 2018

On April 12, 2018 Set Them Free Atlanta organized a panel discussion "Mothers Away From Motherland" in partnership with the Atlantic Institute. The event had a spotlight on the current situation of Turkish women incarcerated in prisons in Turkey.

Women Empowerment and Democracy UN Event

New York | March 16, 2018

On 16th March 2018, the Set Them Free, Pacifica Institute, and Silicon Valley UNA-USA, organized a parallel event during the 62th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women entitled “Women Empowerment and Democracy: How Authoritarian Rules are Hindering Women Empowerment Prospects”. The event had participation of more than 60 people from civil society organization and women rights activists.

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