Selma Demirelli

Ashoka Fellow
Turkey
Fellow Since 2007
Water Lily Women's Cooperative

Citation

This profile was prepared when Selma Demirelli was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
Introduction
Selma Demirelli is spearheading the first women’s housing cooperative in Turkey operated exclusively by women in a region devastated by the 1999 earthquakes. Turning the adversity of the earthquakes into an opportunity to empower the women that were affected by them, Selma more broadly expands the rights of women and children in Turkey.
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