Who’s to Blame? Project (closed)


EU Funding: EUR 150,000

Duration: 12 months (end date: 31/12/2016)

Beneficiaries: CSO - KAMER Foundation

Implementing Partners: CSOs

Overall Objective: Overall objective is strengthening civil society involvement in establishing, implementation and monitoring of human rights policies on national and international level.

Main Activities

1-Preparation activities 2-Awareness Practices 2.1 With women through house visits 2.2 Through neighbourhood meetings 2.3 With public organizations and institutions 3-Monitoring Practices 4-Case monitoring and information sharing activities 5-Cooperation with the central government and informing activities 6-Monitoring and Evaluation Activities 7-Final practices 7.1 Reporting, 7.2 Meeting

Estimated Results

From final report: 2.4 What is your assessment of the results of the Action?

  • Within the scope of the project, face-to-face interviews with 22.864 women from 22 provinces were conducted. With these interviews, it was possible to know these women better and determine their needs and profile. [1]
  • 1.500 of these women came to KAMER about violence they are exposed to. Only 726 of these women took action to end violence in their lives. [2]
  • 22.864 women think that 90 percent of women are exposed to violence. However, mainly due to fear, helplessness, language problems and not knowing the right way to do things, they do not take steps in struggling against violence.
  • Considering various forms of violence, the rate of women exposed to violence in Turkey appears to be 40 percent, yet we know that the rate of unseen violence women are exposed to is approximately 50 percent.
  • We think that the most important target is revealing this unseen violence and only women’s organizations can ensure this.
  • We know that violence against women is a problem of the system Education, income, language problems, wars and conflicts are aggravating subsidiary causes. Yet, these reasons substantially intensify violence.  Therefore, developing as well as immediately implementing programs that are suitable for different specifications of women who suffer from poverty, cannot exercise their educational rights, and experience communication problems due to “language” is vital.
  • Identifying as well as solving problems that varies from one region to other, even from one province to other is only possible via decentralization.
  • Poverty is seen as a significant form of violence that overshadows violence against women and children.  A large number of women normalize violence they experience on the grounds that although they are exposed to violence, they cannot deal with that since her family is hungry.
  • During the monitoring activities, KAMER members accompanied women who asked for support to stop violence in their lives. Therefore, the findings of monitoring activities do not represent the overall. However, it is clear that the collaborations established positively affected the thinking and attitude of the institutions and organizations.


Other provinces where the project is implemented in, if any: Adıyaman, Batman, Diyarbakır, Gaziantep, Kilis, Siirt, Şanlıurfa, Şırnak, Ağrı, Ardahan, Bitlis, Bingöl, Elazığ, Erzincan, Erzurum, Hakkari, Iğdır, Kars, Malatya, Muş, Tunceli, Van provinces, districts and villages.




[1] “Results of House Visits” section of the report

[2] “Results of Violence and Monitoring Visits” section of the report