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Turkish Women Leadership Program

Turkish Women’s Leadership in a Democracy

Funded by the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

During 2005-07, KSU was awarded a $187,000 multi-faceted grant for leadership training and civic education for emerging women leaders in Southeastern Turkey. This grant involved training-the-trainers: two delegations of Turkish men and women coming to Kent State University for American culture, civil involvement, and leadership training; these young leaders leading two conferences in Mardin and Sanliurfa, Turkey; and one reunion conference with all participants in Gaziantep, Turkey.

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Representatives of the Southeastern Anatolia Regional Development Project administration, Bahcesehir University, local NGO’s, and CHATOM (women’s community center directors) received a two-week training at Kent State University, and then became the trainers for workshops in Sanliurfa and Mardin for other SE Turkish women. Dr. Linda Robertson and Rachel Anderson were awarded a U S Department of State grant for this work.