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KHRP Launches GlobalGiving Project Challenge to Fundraise for Women’s Access to Justice

KHRP has launched a fundraising initiative in support of its Women’s Access to Justice Project. The project has been posted on’s website as part of the GlobalGiving November 2009 Project Challenge.

KHRP’s project seeks to raise awareness on women’s rights in Turkey where breaches to women’s rights are common and where limited access to justice is particularly acute in the Kurdish regions.


When women do file complaints with the authorities, officials routinely refuse to take their case seriously and fail to implement the protective measures that are theoretically available to them. Further obstacles include family notions of honour, language barriers, severe failings in the provision of legal aid and serious shortcomings in medical examinations of alleged victims of abuse.

As part of this challenge, KHRP has until Monday 30th November 2009 to successfully raise at least £1,000 from at least 50 unique donors. The funds raised will be used to support KHRP’s legal casework, capacity-building training, the observation of domestic trials, fact-finding missions and research and public awareness. Together, these seek to educate local men and women, and those advocating on their behalf, about the international standards Turkey must comply with regarding women’s rights, and about the legal remedies that can be used to better protect them.

Projects that meet and surpass this goal will remain on the site and can continue to use GlobalGiving to fundraise for their cause. In addition, the project that raises the most funds during the Project Challenge will receive an extra £1,000 towards the project total.

KHRP urgently need your support. To find out more about how you can help advance Women’s Access to Justice, please visit where you can make a valuable donation to KHRP’s Project.

‘Despite some positive reforms, women in the Kurdish regions face an array of barriers that seriously hamper their access to the justice system', said KHRP Managing Director, Rachel Bernu. ‘All contributions received as part of the GlobalGiving challenge, however big or small, will play a crucial part in helping to give women living in the Kurdish regions of Turkey the tools they need to change their lives.’