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
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.