Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2007
Silk Road Women's Cooperative
This description of Berna Yagci's work was prepared when Berna Yagci was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
Berna Yagci is creating women’s community centers in southeast Turkey where for the first time women may gather in a public space to learn and be trained to take leadership in improving their lives. She has established a concrete method of generating income through an official cooperative, Silk Road, where women produce handicrafts and artisan soaps. Her work gives women decision-making power in a 2,000-year old patriarchal culture that is still immersed in a century of military and political conflict.
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