In addition to the institutional grant, every civil society organization benefiting from the Haklara Destek programme receives institutional development support. Alongside different tools such as training and workshops, this support also gives institutions the chance to closely work together with experts, applying for their assistance in their respective areas of development (human resources, organizational management, reaching target audiences, financial sustainability, etc.).
The mentoring part of the programme involves a companion, a mentor who contacts each institution at least once a week through online meetings, e-mail, and phone to follow-up on and support the institutional capacity building process.
Mentors participating in the first phase of Haklara Destek between July 2020 and June 2021:
Aysel Ergün completed her undergraduate education in Business Administration in Eskişehir and her graduate education at Ankara University Women’s Studies Department. During her graduate studies, she started working as an activist, volunteer and part-time employee in rights-based organisations. For more than 10 years, she has been working in various positions for various civil society organizations such as the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, Women’s Solidarity Foundation, Human Rights Joint Platform and Kaos GL Association. Since July 2019, she is providing consultancy and training support to rights-based organisations on topics such as accounting, project finance, institutional financial management, creating financial policy documents and regulatory compliance in administrative procedures.
Bilge Taş completed her master’s degree in Ankara University Women’s Studies Department in 2008. She has been involved as an activist and civil society worker on gender equality issues for over 15 years. She has been in charge of different tasks at many film festivals. She is one of the founders of the Pembe Hayat QueerFest film festival, which first took place in 2011. She still works as an expert on gender issues in various projects. She is working as a mentor in the Haklara Destek programme at Hafıza Merkezi since June 2020.
Evren Ergeç is a graduate of Galatasaray University’s Department of International Relations. From 2001 to 2020, he worked in various positions in locally, nationally and globally operating civil society organisations based in Turkey. He was one of the founders of Out of The Box International in 2013 and Karakutu Association in 2014. He has been supporting civil society organisations benefiting from Haklara Destek programme since July 2020.
Hatice Kapusuz graduated from METU International Relations Department. She conducted academic work in the fields of poverty, popular culture and social movements. She was active in various civil society organisations such as the Community Volunteers Foundation (TOG), the Student Approaches Association, Amnesty International, Children’s Agenda, and the Association for Support and Training of Women Candidates (KaDer). She was the chairwoman of the board of KaDer Ankara between 2014-2016. She carried out capacity strengthening activities in areas such as technical support, gender equality, discrimination, volunteer management, organization, and strategic planning for the Civil Society Development Center between 2010-2020 and in the context of the Technical Assistance to Civil Society Organisations (TACSO) project between 2014-2016. Kapusuz is a mentor in the Haklara Destek programme. She is a follower of children’s books and fairy tales, one of the creators of the Feminist Alphabet Set, and the author of the blog My Once Upon a Time Tales. She is interested in issues related to solidarity, memory, and peace.
Kenan Dursun graduated from Sakarya University Mechanical Engineering Department in 2007. He worked as a project coordinator at Istanbul Bilgi University Youth Studies Unit and Istanbul Bilgi University Center for Civil Society Studies between 2011-2014. Kenan Dursun who holds a master’s degree from the Media and Communication Systems programme at Istanbul Bilgi University wrote his thesis on the use of media and technology by civil society organisations. He is currently working as a communication consultant for civil society organisations and EU Projects. Since 2017, he has been working as a lecturer at Bilgi University.
Zeynep Ekin Aklar
Zeynep Ekin Aklar is a graduate of the Middle East Technical University (METU) Department of International Relations. She received master’s degrees from the METU European Studies program and the Global Labour University’s Labour Policies and Globalization program in Germany. She worked as an expert in the international relations and women’s studies sections of the Confederation of Public Employees’ Unions and the Confederation of Revolutionary Trade Unions between 2006-2011. Between 2011-2015, she first worked as a project assistant and then as an education specialist in early childhood education and women’s empowerment and literacy programmes at the Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV). She worked as a project manager and programme manager in the child protection and child labor prevention program at the Support to Life Association between 2016-2018. She worked as a project manager in the legal studies programme in the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TÜSEV) between 2018-2020. She has been working as a volunteer and one of the project managers of the Mor Çatı Women’s Shelter Foundation since August 2020.