Team

Esra Sancaklı
Co-Founder
Esra Sancaklı
She has been carrying out works in the field of civil society voluntarily and professionally for more than 15 years. After working in the fields of media and communication in the private sector, she switched her career to the civil field entirely with projects focused on “Gender-Based Violence” for refugee women in the Southeastern Anatolia Region in 2014. She took key responsibilities on gender-based violence and social cohesion activities for the refugee women and children in community centres, youth studies and integration of young refugees abroad. She continues to give trainings on rights-based studies and communication.
İdil Kandil
Co-Founder
İdil Kandil
She became entitled to rank among 12 enterprise teams selected for young entrepreneurship program of TÜSİAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association) with her idea “Women Self - Confidence Academy (WSA)” in 2018 and set up infrastructure of the WSA. She worked in the fields of project management and communication management in non-governmental organizations that she met through voluntary works. She is currently taking responsibility as Managing Partner in the WSA. Her areas of expertise are marketing communications, self defence and business development.
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Ayce İdil Agca
Administration & Finance Officer
Ayçe İdil Ağca
She met the civil society by participating in Gender Equality Summer Camp in 2016. After then, she took various responsibilities on projects focused on women, LGBTI+, youth studies, migration and refugee in different non-governmental organizations voluntarily and received trainings. She continues to participate in activities focused on women’s studies and migration/refugee.
Cemre Öztoprak
Psychosocial Support Field Coordinator
Cemre Öztoprak
She has taken part in various non-governmental organizations voluntarily since 2014. In the field project of Research Centre on Asylum and Migration (İGAM) focused on the empowerment of the refugees, she carried out her studies as a psychosocial counselor on the resilience of individuals, especially women and girls. She was working as a general coordinator in The Flying Broom Foundation. Now, she is working as an administrative officer in the Dialogue for Change Through Art and Culture Project funded by E.U Delegation Turkey. At the same time, she is the psychosocial support field coordinator of Women Self Defence Academy. Her areas of core expertise are gender-based psychological support, psychological first aid, resilience, couples and sex therapy.
Ayşe Ongun
Communication and Advocacy Officer
Ayşe Ongun
Despite being aware of the NGOs and following the women's movement, she has got acquainted with this field in real by her volunteering in the Women's Self Defence Academy. She has been a volunteer for the Communication and Advocacy Support Group in the Women's Self-Defence Academy since June 2020. She has been working as a Communication Officer in the Women's Self Defence Academy since January 2021. She tries to improve herself in the field of civil society and gender equality by participating in trainings.
Fatma Ertoy
Design Officer
Fatma Ertoy
She has been volunteering in various associations and institutions since 2016 and has worked in the fields of youth exchanges, intercultural communication, gender, LGBTI + rights and animal rights. She is continuing her academic studies by doing a master's degree in Women's Studies. Illustrations are of her special interest. She tells the thoughts she defends by drawing and conveys them to others. On the one hand, she does freelance design work.
Tuba Nur Uçar
Legal Support Group Coordinator
Tuba Nur Uçar
Since 2014, she has been working voluntarily in the field of civil society. In addition to volunteering activities focused on women's rights, she also carries out professional work on the legal adjustment processes of individuals and NGOs related to migration and refugees. She is currently working as the Legal Support Group Officer in the Women's Self Defence Academy. Her main areas of expertise are directive and informative legal support and legal self-defence.
Sennur Demirok 1
Academy Support Group Coordinator
Sennur Demirok
She worked on the clubs on women+ and Lgbti+ studies in university. She is the Academy Support Group Coordinator and volunteer in the Women's Self Defence Academy.
Leyla Çelik
Training&Workshop Support Group Officer
Leyla Çelik
After doing an internship in various non-governmental organizations since her university years, she started to work in the field of Human Resources in an international company. She has been working as a volunteer instructor in the Women's Self Defence Academy since 2020.
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Psychosocial Support Group Co-Officer
Duygu Engin
ODTÜ psikoloji öğrencisi olarak farklı alanlarda staj deneyimi edindikten sonra sivil toplum alanında gönüllü olarak faaliyet göstermeye karar vermiştir. Cinsiyetçilik, kadına yönelik şiddet ve kadınların psikolojik güçlenmesi konularını ele alan faaliyetlerde yer almaktadır. Kadın Öz Savunma Akademisi'nde Psikososyal Destek Ekibi üyesi olarak çalışmalarına devam etmektedir.
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