Bingul Durbas

Canan Arin is a women’s rights activist and feminist lawyer. After graduating from the Istanbul University, she studied law at the LSE.  She  joined the women’s movement in Turkey in the 80’s. She co-founded Purple Roof, Mor Cati Women’s Shelter Foundation, and KA.DER - Association for the Support of Women Candidates. Canan Arin also co-founded the Istanbul Bar Association Women’s Rights Enforcement Centre. Between 1994-1997 she acted as an expert on violence against women for the Council of Europe Gender Equality Commission.

Bingul Durbas is a researcher in Sociology at the University of Sussex. She has been researching gender violence and honour crimes in Turkey and the UK. She also works as a researcher affiliated with the Humboldt University of Berlin in the Diversity and Social Conflict department on the UNRI Research Institute for Social Development  project on honour crimes.

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    Leading Turkish women’s rights activist and lawyer Canan Arin was unlawfully detained on 23 June 2012 for speaking out against child marriages. While her trial continues, she is living under permanent threat, but refuses to be silent. Bingul Durbas spoke to her.

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