This profile was prepared when Halime Güner was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
The New Idea
Halime is raising public awareness on women’s issues and gender equality through a network of female reporters who bring attention to the struggles and abuse of Turkish women. This “Local Women Reporters Network” reports stories locally and then works to circulate them nationally. Halime recruits and trains women from cities across Turkey to work as volunteer journalists. They cover news ranging from cases of abuse to profiles of women leaders. Halime’s initial group of 12 reporters have already developed a reputation for excellence in journalism covering women’s issues, and national newspapers have begun carrying their stories. Most recently, BBC featured one of the stories and another was turned into a popular documentary. Halime is training more reporters and aims to have coverage in all 81 of Turkey’s major cities.