The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) presented the third annual Joan B. Dunlop Award to Pinar Ilkkaracan from Turkey for her exceptional work to promote the human rights of women and girls in her own country as well as globally.
The award, named after IWHC founder Joan B. Dunlop, is presented annually to an activist working under difficult circumstances to advance the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls. “Pinar İlkkaracan is a true champion for the human rights of women and girls in Turkey and beyond,” said IWHC President Françoise Girard, who presented the award. “Her vision, strategic action and determination have transformed Turkish law, benefitting millions of women. For her courage, integrity, and passion, the International Women’s Health Coalition is pleased to call Pinar a partner in the global fight for women’s rights.”
In accepting the award, İlkkaracan said, “This award is very special to me, at a time when many of the reforms we’ve won for women’s human rights have come under attack. It is a reminder that, despite our current challenges in Turkey, women’s rights have advanced very far in the past 20 years. We will continue to fight for full gender equality and sexual and reproductive rights for all.”