Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2006
First Step Women's Cooperative
This description of Senem Gul's work was prepared when Senem Gul was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
Senem Gul is enabling women who live in the economically disadvantaged and violence-ridden districts of Istanbul to solve communal problems for the betterment of their and their children’s lives. Senem is building a self-governed community of diverse women by training and organizing them to act on the issues they care about. In doing so, she creates participatory processes so that women can develop the self-confidence and leadership skills to bring lasting change to their neighborhoods.
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