Embassy of Ireland in Ankara supports local community during Ramazan
The holy month of Ramazan is a period of reflection and compassion, and one of the values Ireland and Turkey has in common is the importance of generosity. During Ramazan, the Embassy of Ireland in Ankara has been considering how to give effect to these values to support their community. Ankara has been the home of the Embassy of Ireland in Turkey for over 20 years. Ambassador of Ireland Sonya McGuinness stated, “As a member of this community we believe we have a duty of care to help our neighbours in times of difficulty.”
On 14 May Ambassador McGuinness met with Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavas to discuss practical ways to give support to the most vulnerable. The Embassy has worked with the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality to help local families as part of the Mayor’s ‘Ankara Tek Yurek’ campaign. They made a donation of 100 food care packages which will be distributed to those in need before the Bayram holiday.
Mayor of Ankara Mansur Yavas thanks Ambassador of Ireland Sonya McGuinness for contribution of 100 food packages to the ‘Ankara Tek Yurek’ campaign. 14 May 2020
Municipality officials prepare food packages provided by Embassy of Ireland. 14 May 2020
Gender equality is an important part of Ireland’s foreign policy. At the beginning of Ramazan, the Embassy of Ireland partnered with the Federation of Women Associations of Turkey (TKDF) to support access to essential services for women experiencing violence in the home. Reports of domestic violence have increased in recent months across the world as women are confined with abusive family members. The global pandemic has severely limited access to essential services for those experiencing gender-based violence in the home and the Embassy wanted to help.
For International Nurses’ Day on 12 May, the Embassy of Ireland honoured the contribution of the nursing profession in Turkey. The Embassy gave special thanks to nurses in Ankara for all of their hard work by sending cakes to 4 local hospitals to sweeten their day.
Nurses at Ankara Training and Research Hospital enjoy cake from Embassy of Ireland to celebrate International Nurses’ Day. 12 May 2020.
The Embassy of Ireland fully supports the Turkish government’s successful ‘Stay Home / Evde Kal’ policy as part of measures to protect people in Turkey from the spread of Coronavirus. Taking that as their inspiration, the Embassy offered people in Turkey an incentive to stay at home during Ramazan by sponsoring 8 films at the Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival (7-14 May). As the festival took place online this year, viewers enjoyed the variety of films by talented female Irish directors from the safety and comfort of their homes.
The Embassy of Ireland also made sure not to forget the dear children of Turkey who have made a significant contribution to the fight against Coronavirus by staying indoors. To help keep them busy the Embassy organised a Children’s Art & Writing Competition and were delighted to receive hundreds of wonderful entries from across Turkey.
Painting by Atilla Kahar (aged 10), winner of the Embassy of Ireland Children’s Art Competition in the 9-12 age category. 14 May 2020.
Ambassador of Ireland Sonya McGuinness stated: “This global health crisis has brought with it incredible hardship for people all across the world. We know in Ireland as well as Turkey communities come together during times of need to help one another in a spirit of kindness and generosity. Indeed, the story of aid sent by Turkey during the Great Famine in the 1840s is well known in Ireland. We have not forgotten this generosity and we hope our Embassy’s activities this Ramazan have helped repay it in a small way. Hayrlı Bayramlar!”