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Turkish female boxer Busenaz Sürmeneli becomes world champion

Turkey’s Busenaz Sürmeneli has been crowned the World Champion in the 69-kg category after defeating Chinese opponent Liu Yang. Welterweight Sürmeneli, 21, is competing at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Ulan Ude, Russia. She had beaten Russian boxer Saadat Dalgatova in the semi-final, before proceeding to beat Liu Yang over three rounds in […]

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Tributes paid to brave Neslican, 21, after losing 4th fight against cancer  

TRIBUTES were paid over the weekend to a young Turkish woman who documented her fight against cancer on social media. Neslican Tay, 21, died on Friday, September 20, at a private hospital in Istanbul where she was being treated since September 15. She was a student at the city’s Bahçeşehir University, and had won hearts […]

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The meteoric rise of fashion designer Dilara Fındıkoğlu

If you haven’t heard Dilara Fındıkoğlu’s name, where have you been? The London-based Turkish designer hit the headlines in September 2017 following her controversial Satan-themed catwalk show at St Andrew Holborn Church during London Fashion Week. Since then she’s enjoyed a meteoric rise, dressing global super stars for the red carpet and gala events. Described […]

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See Elif Shafak and First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon discuss the need for more women to be heard in public life

A co-production with Fane Productions sees First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon meet Elif Shafak, Turkey’s most widely read female author and recently placed under investigation in her own country, in this timely and riveting discussion of democracy and human rights today. Shafak’s universally praised latest novel, has been described as a “piercing, unflinching look at the […]

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We Remember: Turkey’s trailblazing diplomat Filiz Dinçmen

Today, 24 July, Filiz Dinçmen – Turkey’s first female Turkish ambassador – turns 80. She made history when she was appointed to The Netherlands in 1982, serving at the Turkish Embassy in The Hague for two years. For her last diplomatic mission, Dinçmen again broke new ground when she became the first female Muslim ambassador […]

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We remember: the extraordinary life and work of Türkan Saylan

One of Turkey’s most exceptional women passed away ten years ago today, 18 May 2009. Türkan Saylan was a doctor, educator and civil society activist, made famous first for her fight to eradicate leprosy and later for establishing Çağdaş Yaşamı Destekleme Derneği, ÇYDD (Association for the Support of Contemporary Living) to provide education for girls […]

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World’s first female football referee was Turkish, confirms FIFA

A Turkish woman living in Germany has been confirmed as the world’s first female football referee. Drahşan Arda received the letter from FIFA last week, which verified her claim after viewing the available evidence. Edirne-born Arda, now aged 73, had undergone referee training in Zonguldak, northern Turkey, in 1967. She completed the course and received […]