Empowering disadvantaged groups in Turkey: A partnership for change

Collaboration aims to empower and train human rights actors in Turkey working for economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR).


We are excited to announce that HURIDOCS is taking a leading role in an initiative that aims to empower and uplift disadvantaged groups in Turkey under the “Economic, Social, and Cultural Disadvantaged Groups in Turkey through Monitoring and Advocacy Partnerships” project. This is a collaborative effort between HURIDOCS and the Association for Monitoring for Equal Rights (AMER) which is supported by the European Union Delegation in Turkey.

This three-year long project aims to strengthen the rights of disadvantaged groups by fostering partnerships, enhancing data collection methods, and promoting advocacy efforts. It includes a subgrant programme called Supporting Your Rights, which  will provide both financial and technical support to local clusters of civil society organisations working towards improving the access of disadvantaged groups to economic, social, and cultural rights (ESCR). These rights encompass essential aspects such as education, shelter, and health.

Firstly, local clusters will be formed, comprising a minimum of three non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other activists, human rights defenders, journalists, academics and researchers working on ESC rights. These clusters will receive sub-grants ranging from €7,500 to €10,000 to implement monitoring and advocacy projects aimed at empowering disadvantaged groups. 

Secondly, the sub-grant beneficiaries will undergo workshops and training sessions to enhance their skills in data collection, storage and management, digital security, and advocacy. These sessions will be conducted by HURIDOCS and AMER (ESHİD), enabling the grant recipients to effectively use digital tools in their data-driven advocacy efforts. 

Each local cluster’s mission is to address the needs of disadvantaged groups, including women, LGBTIQA+ individuals and refugees. The focus will be on ensuring their access to rights outlined in the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. The beneficiaries will prepare a field diagnosis report and conduct advocacy activities based on the findings.

Applications are open

Applications for this programme are open for Turkey-based human rights actors and  will be evaluated by independent experts. Proposals that incorporate a gender perspective and those concentrating on the region impacted by the Kahramanmaraş Earthquake on 6 February 2023, will be given priority during the selection process. Eligible NGOs are invited to apply by submitting the necessary documents to eskhaklar@esithaklar.org by 4 September 2023.

Find out more about the application here.