Sengül Akçar Oral History Content Summary (document)
About the Interviewee*
Şengül Akçar (Turkey) is the founder of the Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work (FSWW), established in 1986 to bring grassroots women’s issues and contributions to the fore. She works in close collaboration with grassroots groups to develop and coordinate FSWW capacity building, business, child-care, and childhood education programs. She is an Ashoka Fellow and a Steering Committee member of the Huairou Commission, an international partnership body, where she monitors the United Nations Habitat II implementations using a gender lens. As a civil engineer prior to her work at FSWW, Akçar worked on a municipal housing project focused on low-income urban dwellers.
*This brief biography was recorded concurrently with the subject’s interview for the WLP Oral History Archive of the Global Women’s Movement.
About the WLP Oral History Project
The WLP Oral History Archive of the Global Women’s Movement preserves stories and lessons of women’s rights activists from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America who have left their mark on the struggle for women’s advancement. We have collected dozens of oral histories from 25 countries, and the project is ongoing. Since 2014, WLP has collaborated with the Sound Archive of the British Library to host the repository.