Women’s Solidarity Foundation (KADAV)
Address: Fevzi Çakmak Mah. Halkalı cad. No:195 D:11/12 Sefaköy Küçükçekmece/İstanbul
Telephone: 0 212 251 58 50
Fax: 0 212 251 58 49
KADAV was born of a solidarity practice following the Marmara Earthquake in 1999, through the efforts of a group of women who rushed to the aid of the women in the region. The destruction created by the disaster, revealed and almost intensified the gender inequality in the region. The women of KADAV, who took the first steps to solidarity with the women's tents they established in Gölcük and Düzce, supported the empowerment of women with psycho-social support, child care, workshops for rehabilitation, production workshops and vocational courses.
The psychological support provided also included fighting male violence from the first day. This solidarity practice paved the way for KADAV to continue on its path as a women’s organisation. When it was established officially in Istanbul in 2001, it joined in the shared struggle of the Turkish women’s movement at the time.
KADAV continued its counselling centre and other support activities in the region until 2010, and since then it has been continuing the following efforts as the continuation of its existing experiences:
Support for violence against women, fighting domestic violence, and counselling support
In addition to participating in the common political struggle sustained by the independent women's movement, it also provides counselling support to women who seek to escape violence.
Fight against gender-based violence and discrimination against migrant women
Work is done to raise awareness about the problems faced by immigrant women who experience all forms of violence because of their immigrations status as weak as their gender. Counselling support is provided to immigrant women who apply to us due to violence, and in Küçükçekmece, where there is a high density of Syrian population, there is on-site support efforts.
Solidarity with women and LGBTI prisoners
Solidarity, organisations and advocacy activities are continued with inmates on various matters who are currently imprisoned or have been imprisoned in the past and who have been punished due to their gender in or outside prison.
Women's Labour and Employment
We assumed our role as the secretariat of the Women’s Labour and Employment Initiative (KEIG) which we helped set up in 2007 and are still active in the role.