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About Pinar Ilkkaracan

Pinar Ilkkaracan is the co-founder of Women for Women's Human Rights (WWHR) in Turkey, and the the International Coalition of Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR), an international network of NGOs and academicians working towards promotion sexual and bodily rights in the Middle East/ North Africa and South/Southeast Asia. She is Adjunct Professor at Bogazici University, Istanbul.

Pinar has participated in various UN meetings and conferences on women's human rights both as a member of the Turkish delegation and NGO representative. She has written extensively on women and law; sexuality and religion; sexual and reproductive rights; human rights education and violence against women. She is the editor of Women and Sexuality in Muslim Societies (translated into Arabic and Turkish) and Deconstructing Sexuality in the Middle East and North Africa: Contemporary Issues and Discourses.

Articles by Pinar Ilkkaracan

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The "Turkish model" : for whom?

In the aftermath of the Arab spring the “Turkish model” is being held out as an optimistic scenario for democratisation with an Islamic framework. In conversation with Deniz Kandiyoti, women’s rights and gender activist Pinar Ilkkaracan puts Turkey’s record under scrutiny - and finds it wanting

Do women and girls have human rights?

The Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations was the culmination of pioneering work by the international women's movement. But rather than a vehicle to advance women's human rights, it has become a vehicle of global political interests, says Pinar Ilkkaracan.

When do you think women and girls were finally deemed to have "human rights" by the world's nations?

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