The establishment of Ben Secerim is supported by European Endowment for Democracy (EED) . The support includes alias “Ben Seçerim” training to women according to their needs and demands, preparing seminar programs and organizing meetings with decision-makers, NGO s as well as political parties. It carries out activities and acts as a pressure group for the candidates of “Ben Seçerim” vis-à-vis the political parties.
Grassroots - 3K
I Chose Women/I Elect Women: Empowerment and Enhancing of Women’s Electoral Representation in Three Provincial Cities of Turkey: KIRKLARELİ, K.MARAŞ, AND KARS
Ben Secerim, ( I choose ) has started a two-year project with the Embassy of Canada The project will be implemented in 3 cities of Turkey from 3 diverse regions where the political representation of women is low.
The project foresees identifying the reasons and intervening to ameliorate the conditions for the participation of women as political candidates for decision-making positions in rural and lesser developed, disadvantaged parts of Turkey. Three cities (Kahramanmaraş, Kars, and Kırklareli) with diverse geographical, ethnical, religious, and political identities are chosen as the study and working cases.
Interviews with the Political Parties
Ben Seçerim Association’s “3K” Project, funded by the Canadian Government, organized many visits to political parties since the beginning of the project. Deva Party’s leader Ali Babacan and vice chairperson Hasan Karal are visited at the party center in Ankara. Party leaders are briefed about the field activities in 3 cities (Kahramanmaraş, Kırklareli, Kars) in which women’s political representation is zero. At those interviews, the necessity behind the public opinion poll to be conducted throughout Turkey, as a part of the Project, with Konda (research firm), is discussed. Again with the same agenda, the Headquarters of the Workers' Party of Turkey was visited in Istanbul and its leader Erkan Baş and 27th Term Deputy Sera Kadıgil were interviewed.
Research on Women’s Political Participation in Turkey
Ben Seçerim Association is running a nation-wide public opinion poll, under the title of “Women’s Political Participation in Turkey” with the partnership of KONDA Research Company. About 2 thousand citizens in 34 cities will be interviewed in this research, and in-deep-interviews will be applied in 3K cities. The results report of the research will be published in May 2022.
Within the 3K Project, dialog meetings in Kars, Kırklareli and Kahramanmaraş were organized with the participation of the political parties’ headquarters, municipalities, women organizations, female entreprenuers and muhtars. Those meetings focused on raising awareness on women’s representation in politics.