UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives.
UNFPA started working in 1969 and began working with the Government of Turkey in 1971. UNFPA Turkey activities were initially carried out on a project-by-project basis. The first multi-year Country Programme ran from 1988 to 1992. The Sixth Country Programme (2016 to 2020) is currently underway.

For more than forty years, UNFPA in Turkey has support to:

  • Promote mother and child health,
  • Improve reproductive health and rights,
  • Empowering young people fulfil their potential
  • Promote gender equality,
  • Combat violence against women,
  • Enhance collection, use, and dissemination of development data.

in collaboration with state institutions, non-governmental organizations, private sector and universities.

Since 2011 UNFPA is also supporting the humanitarian response efforts of Turkey on promoting reproductive health and combating gender based violence.

Milestones of 4th Country Programme (2006-2010) and 5th Country Programme (2011-2015):

Empowerment

  • Empowerment of adolescents and young people on sexual and reproductive health through peer education (USAEP, Dance4Life, Peer Theater Project, It’s My World)
  • Empowerment of young women (Pomegranate Arils)
  • Empowerment of sex workers (Red Umbrella)
  • Empowerment of refugee women and girls
  • Empowerment of young men in Turkish Armed Forces

Capacity Building

  • Capacity Building activities for Health service providers, governors, religious leaders on the improving health status of Seasonal Migrant Agricultural Workers
  • Building the capacity of youth friendly health services in Turkey
  • Development of in-service training guidelines on reproductive health for Ministry of Health
  • Adopting the national family planning protocols to international standards
  • Capacity Building activities for Police, health service providers, religious leaders, Turkish Armed Forces, Prosecutors and social workers on gender equality and combatting gender based violence
  • Capacity building activities for local authorities on gender equality (Women Friendly cities)
  • Capacity building activities for private sector companies on combatting domestic violence
  • Women and Girls Safe Spaces for refugee women and girls

Research

  • Youth Sexual and reproductive health survey
  • Understanding the Incest problem in Turkey
  • Dynamics of Honor crimes in Turkey
  • Domestic violence against White-collar worker women in Turkey
  • Attitudes of secondary and high school students on domestic violence against women
  • Status of seasonal migrant agricultural workers in Turkey
  • Demography and Management towards 2050
  • An overview of Turkey’s young population
  • Current overview of Turkey’s population
  • Needs assessment on sexual and reproductive health needs of sex workers in Turkey
  • Needs assessment on sexual and reproductive health needs of counseling teachers in Turkey

Advocacy

  • ICPD+20 Group
  • CEDAW Committee
  • Istanbul Convention
  • National Action Plans on gender equality
  • Parliament commission on Seasonal Migrant Agricultural Workers
  • National AIDS commission
  • Comprehensive sexuality education campaign
  • Reproductive Health in the new Family Physician system   

Priorities of 6th Country Programme (2016-2020):

  • Humanitarian assistance on reproductive health and gender based violence, Women and Girls Safe Spaces
  • Empowerment of young people on sexual and reproductive health
  • Capacity building on reproductive health and gender equality in government institutions and private sector
  • Empowerment of the most vulnerable population groups in Turkey (refugees, SMAW, sex workers)