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Rümeysa Çamdereli from Havle Women's Association about the results of the 'Future of Civil Society: Civil Society Needs and Motivation Research' conducted by the Civil Society and Media Studies Association.
‘The Relationship of Civil Society with Politics and Decision Mechanism’ by YADA Foundation
Civil Society and Politics Do Not Know Each Other Enough
YADA Foundation's Civil Society-Political Relations research emphasizes that politics and civil society do not know each other well enough and points out that politics tends to see civil society only as the demanding party. One of the findings of the research is that the shrinkage in the field of politics reduces social impact.
Politics as a public activity is seen as 'men's job'. Thus, the result is that women cannot have power even when they have authority. The fact that politics is seen as a 'men's club' also paves the way for the reproduction of the old-boy network, which are especially dominant in local politics.
There is exploitation wherever we turn our heads, but we still have not been able to convince a significant part of the society about the right to life of cats and dogs. That is why we do not have the luxury of stopping and despairing. In the environment we live in, wherever you feel, on whatever subject, animals are going through something worse.
Despite the current problems, the democratic functioning in NGOs is much better compared to previous periods. It is stated that the acceleration of recovery has increased with the effect of new generations, especially with the Generation Z.
While the representatives of civil society agree that dialogue and cooperation in the civil sphere is not sufficient, it is noted that organizations in the field of women and ecology carry out more effective practices in this sense.
On the second and last part of our file on access to safe food, we host EkoHarita and Association of Ecological Agriculture. Both organizations agree on the importance of local food production to avert the climate crisis and to access safe food for all.
The bill containing the amendments envisaged to be made within the scope of combating violence against women and violence in health was presented to the Turkish Grand National Assembly on 16 March 2022. The proposal was criticized by many segments, from academia to civil society, for different reasons. The government, on the other hand, believes that these changes will be extremely effective in preventing crimes against women and healthcare workers and punishing the perpetrators.
Civil Society Needs and Motivation Research, despite the civil society in Turkey has weaknesses such as unfavorable political environment, lack of capacity and resources, reveals that it has strengths in motivation, dynamism, and dedication.