Understand Me Tell Me Project is a nationwide project that organizes various activities and plans to reintegrate women in prisons into society. Launched in February 2021, the project continues to work with 550 volunteers and 50 volunteers who take an active role in the units.
The project works to ensure that women in prisons feel ready to adapt to society during their imprisonment and when they regain their freedom. Simultaneously, the aim is to ensure that women make good use of the second chance offered to them and do not see returning to prison as an option. Interviews were organized with women who had spent a certain period of their lives in prison, but have regained their freedom after completing their sentences. Feedback received from these women, the foundations of the project were firmly established.
Based on this feedback, activities were determined, but the project has not yet been put into practice as the necessary permissions to enter the prison have not yet been obtained. During this process, the needs of women in prisons were identified in consultation with prison psychologists, and donations of books and basic necessities were made to women and children aged 0-6 living with their mothers in prisons.
In order to raise awareness on the issue of reintegrating women in prisons into society, various researches were conducted and shared on the @benianlabanaanlat instagram account. Likewise, the notes of the interviews with experts from the beginning of the project were stored and shared with both volunteers and those interested in the subject. Additionally, the " Understand Me Tell Me Digital Library Project" was created to raise awareness. A digital library consisting of articles, books and magazines related to women, prison life and women in prison is being worked on. Upon completion of the digital library Project, a pool will be created where anyone who does research on the subject can access the information they need.
Gender inequality has become a global issue and if inequalities are not eliminated, it lead to violation of human rights. As a project team, we aim to raise our voices and raise awareness on social media and create awareness-raising mobilization in the field of gender by aiming for human rights and gender equality. It is among our goals to raise awareness of our target audience and to ensure transparent information flow by raising awareness in individuals through people and institutions that have worked or are working in the field of gender. equality
As Community Volunteers, we aim to deliver hygiene kits to individuals who cannot or have difficulty in accessing hygiene products within the scope of the campaigns "Empower Youth with Your Steps, Change the World, Run for Goodness".
Our project titled Genderless Hygiene Kit is a sub-work of the Think a Thousand, Say One project team, where the topics of "Menstrual Cycle, Female-Male body and Physical Health education" were discussed and then kits called Genderless Hygiene Kit were distributed. The basis of this work is based on individuals living in different conditions and how these different conditions differentiate their problems and needs. Inequality affects everyone. For this reason, we put forward a "genderless hygiene kit" study to improve gender equality. We also aim to provide young individuals with knowledge and attitudes appropriate to their physical, emotional, cognitive, social and sexual development.
The first field activity of the ongoing study sponsored by Orkid took place on July 29, 2022, with the participation of 35 youth.
Following the earthquake that deeply affected our country, we continue to investigate the effects of the earthquake on individuals in social gender equality. In order to be able to go to the field in earthquake regions, we are trying to raise awareness about how the teams that will go to the field should approach people affected by the earthquake by receiving trainings from psychologists and pedagogues who are experts in their fields.
Our current goal is to go into the field in these regions and to provide hygiene kits for the products that are caused by gender inequality and that everyone should have basic access to.