A new practice has been launched to prevent the increasing violence against women in Turkey. Some women who have been subjected to violence will be gifted with smartphones.
Sabancı Foundation, Turkish Women’s Associations Federation (TKDF) and Teknosa, Launched a new application to prevent the increasing violence against women in Turkey. According to the project, unused idle phones will meet women who are subjected to violence and poor in technology.
Making a statement about the aforementioned application, Canan, President of the Federation of Women Associations of Turkey Rosestated that they have started a project to bring women who lack technology opportunities together with the smart phones they need. Canan Güllü emphasized the importance of technology in human life, saying “A phone can save a woman’s life”.
UNUSED PHONES WILL HOPE FOR WOMEN
Pointing out that unused phones are hope, Sabancı Foundation General Manager Nevgül Bilsel Safkan said, “The phones standing in the corner of the house where we give up hope will be a hope for women.” In the project, which carries the slogan ‘Technology for Women, Solidarity for All’, donors will be able to send their unused smartphones from Teknosa stores or from their homes by calling Teknosa Call Center (0 850 222 55 99).
PHONES WILL BE MAINTENANCE
The smart phones that are maintained will be sent to women who are victims of violence through the support of Sabancı Foundation and TKDF. On the other hand, these phones will be loaded with the TKDF Domestic Violence Emergency Helpline Application and as a result, women will be able to request help with a single button in case of violence or when they are at risk of violence.
Explaining the details of the project, Canan Güllü, President of the Federation of Women Associations of Turkey (TKDF), said, “We wanted to make women feel that they are not alone and to be a voice to them. Today, technology is very common, but women’s poverty restricts access to technology. We know that this need has become very widespread in the period of Kovid-19. “Do those women have a chance to access technology?”. We thought it was our duty as the private sector and foundations to provide this. “
HOW ARE WOMEN WHO HAVE VIOLATED VIOLENCE?
Saying that the aforementioned phones are recovering, Güllü said, “On the part of distributing the phones, we will forward the incoming phones to the people who have applied to us who we believe have been subjected to violence and can document it. Maybe we will have started a process where we can prevent deaths with these phones. 3 thousand 500 emergency cases have applied to our emergency hotline so far. So if 3 thousand 500 women are alive today, the Emergency Helpline and the instant in their hands. used expressions because they use the reflex to reach.
“A PHONE CAN SAVE A LIFE”
Pointing out that he attaches great importance to the campaign, Güllü said, “We planned this campaign to turn into a long-term shape without a limitation of only 2-5 months. We have no goal. I said for myself. As a woman who believes that a phone can save a life, I say, what? “So many phones, so many lives. Therefore, it would be wrong for us to limit lives.”
PROJECT’S LAUNCH STORY
Saying that they have been working for the rights of women, especially education for 47 years, Sabancı Foundation General Manager Nevgül Bilsel Safkan conveyed the starting story of the project as follows:
“We were holding online meetings with the directors of Turkey’s leading women’s associations due to the pandemic. Güler Sabancı was the leader of the meeting. We gathered and shared for women, the problem everyone saw and identified was different. When we talked about gender equality, the most important problem was the violence faced by women. Many associations are carrying out valuable work. We talked about ‘What can we do?’ The first thing that the victim woman will do is to ask for help. Since she is subjected to violence, she should have a phone with her to get help from outside. The simplest thing we can do is to give a phone to the victims of violence. Ms. Güler called me between the meeting and said, “Let’s solve this with Teknosa.”
“Because we have such an electronic retail power. We, as the foundation, thought that we would build a bridge between women’s associations and Teknosa. We are very happy to come together within the scope of this project. There are broken screens, broken batteries and non-working phones in many corners of the house. Here is the project is awesome. An example of social solidarity is the phone that you cannot repair and give up hope will be a hope for another woman. It is the time to take out the unused phones and forward them. “
“WE ARE RENOVATING PHONES”
Saying that they are sensitive to women’s rights as a company, Bülent Gürcan, Teknosa General Manager, said, “We set out with the motto: ‘Technology for women, solidarity for all.’ We aim to reach women who are subjected to violence in the family but who are unable to communicate this violence to the relevant authorities. If they want to come to our stores, they can reach us via our call center. We also collect the phones from their homes. We reset the phones at our services and renew them. Then we send them to the federation. We aim to raise awareness to prevent violence against women. It is currently being repaired at authorized services, “he said.
Source: Demirören News Agency / ROSE KABA