Background information

2014 Third International Symposium Against Discrimination

The 3rd International Symposium against Discriminations was organized by Kaos GL Association in Ankara on December 13-14.
The symposium took place in dedication to the International Human Rights Day, December 10, at the Tum Bel-Sen (Trade Union for All Workers of Municipality and Local Administration Services) Conference Hall. All the events were open to all and for free.

The symposium that has been organized around the themes of rights-based struggle and social rights of LGBTs since 2012 opened “unions and the problems of LGBTs, women and youth workers” to discussion this year.
The 3rd International Symposium Against Discrimination was organized in cooperation with TIE Netherlands within the scope of the “Human Rights at Work. Combating Discrimination Regarding Gender, Sexual Orientation and Age at the Workplace in Turkey” Project funded by European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). The 3rd International Symposium Against Discrimination was supported by SIDA, Embassy of Germany in Ankara, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Turkey Office, Tum Bel-Sen.
The program included:
December 13, 2014, Saturday
  • 13:30 to 14:15
    Opening remarks:
    Yuri De Boer, Department of Policy Advisers of the European Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
    Ulrike Lunacek, MEP, co-chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights (video message)
  • 14:30 to 16:00
    First Session: Umbrella organisations, women's and young people's experiences in the field of trade union rights
    Moderator: Ezgi Koçak, Kaos GL Association
    Salvatore Marra, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), chair of the Youth Committee
    Sandra Vermuyten, Public Services International (PSI), equality and rights officer
    Peter Purton, Trade Union Congress (TUC)policy officer for disability issues and LGBT Rights
  • 16:30 to 17:30
    Second Session: United Kingdom's trade union experience
    Moderator: Kurşad Kahramanoğlu, member of Kaos GL association, member of UNISON; former foreign relations coordinator
    Phyl Opoku-Gyimah, "UK Black Pride", president and founder member; Public and Commercial Services Union, campaigns officer
    Gethin Roberts, "Gay and Lesbian Community solidarity with the miners", member
  • 18:00 to 19:00
    Third Session: trade union experiences in Germany
    Moderator: Sevim Özdemir, Kaos GL Union Group
    Anna Braunroth, German Anti-Discrimination Agency, legal consultant
    Detlef Mücke, German Trade Union Confederation DGB and German Education and Science Union GEW, founder father of the LGBT union group

December 14, 2014, Sunday
  • 13:30 to 14:30
    First Session: trade union experiences in the Netherlands
    Moderator: Marten van den Berge, TIE-Netherlands
    Vreer Verkerke, Transgender Europe, board member
    Anya Wiersma, Netherlands Trade Union Confederation, coordinator of the Women's Network
  • 15:00 to 16:00
    Second Session: Cyprus and the trade union movement and women in Turkey, problems encountered in the area of youth and LGBT
    Moderator: Türkan Karagöz, Izmir branch of Eğitim Sen (Education and Science Union) branch No. 2, LGBT Commission
    Şaziye Köse, Public Workers Unions Confederation (KESK) Co-Chair
    Sakine Esen Yılmaz, Eğitim Sen, secretary general
    Semen Saygun, Turkish Cypriot Teachers Union (KTÖS), president
  • 16:30 to 17:30
    Third Session: The trade union movement and women in Turkey, LGBT youth and the problems encountered in the field
    Moderator: Berna Savcı, Eğitim Sen, Kaos GL Education Group
    Belkıs Yurtsever, Health and Social Service Workers Union (SES), Women's Secretary
    Meliha Beysülen, Tüm Bel-Sen Kadın, Women's Secretary
    Sibel Özen, Women's Labor and Employment Initiative (KEIG)
    Emrah Kırımsoy Agenda Child Association.