Friendship Among Cultures in Turkey

Lasting friendships among people from different cultures in Turkey
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"Our purpose: to promote understanding among cultural traditions in Turkey; to enable dialogue and cooperation among faith and cultural groups in Turkey; to combat prejudices and discrimination towards the cultural "others" in Turkey; to be a local messenger and arm to the URI in the country and encourage the creation of Cooperation Circles (CCs) in Turkey; and to reach out to foreigners living in Turkey and engage them in activities about intercultural dialogue in the country."
Action Areas
Traditions
Agnostic, Atheist, Christianity, Islam
Sub-Traditions
Orthodox
Number of Members
8
Region
Location
Antalya, Turkey
Joined URI Network

From the period of November 2014 to date, with the generous support and guidance of the URI Youth Programme and URI Europe, Cooperation Circle (CC) founding members Lejla Hasandedic and Rosen Dimov met with different people in Antalya, Izmir, Bodrum, Istanbul and Ankara who were interested in extending the URI model of cooperation all across Turkey. The society is homogeneous and not open for “others.” They decided to set up a CC to work together to overcome prejudice and stereotypes. Their focus is on action –trying to cause changes through social events and other cross-cultural activities. They believe that actions will bring changes in people’s way of thinking and therefore overcome prejudices. One of the activities they focus on is social entrepreneurship. They also use sports, art and culture as tools for dialogue.

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URI Europe Cooperation Circles build understanding, friendship and joint actions every day. In a world, where extremist views - right-wing populists or terrorist - get lots of attention, they show that people can connect as human beings, build bonds of friendship, create joint positive actions and work for the common good together.