About the Foundation

Journalists and Writers Foundation

The Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) is established to treat diversity as an asset, accept everyone as they are, and contribute to the ideal of peaceful coexistence and mutual respect and understanding.

Since its establishment in 1994, the GYV has been calling on people to glorify love and peace through a number of events and seeks to contribute to world peace by paving the way for intercultural dialogue.

Having built a great reputation with its sonorous programs, the foundation implements a number of regional and global projects in addition to its domestic ones.

Among similar organizations in Turkey, the GYV is the first and only civil society organization (CSO) which has attained the General Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

It has also concluded a protocol of cooperation with the African Union Commission (AUC).

The Foundation delegates its activities to various platforms. These platforms are briefly as follows:


Abant Platform

Abant Platform is an intellectual forum based in Istanbul, Turkey. It seeks to offer a forum where decision makers and intellectuals from a diverse spectrum of professions and academic fields can come together to discuss pressing national, regional or international issues and propose solutions.

Abant meetings touch on major issues like religion and the State, education, democracy, human rights, the Alevi and Kurdish issues, the Middle Eastern issue. The platform conducts activities to promote democratic culture, human rights and fundamental freedoms and lend support to democratic reform initiatives.

Abant Platform warmly welcomes participants from all opinions and worldviews for a democratic, inclusive and civilized exchange of ideas. The concluding statements of Abant meetings are noteworthy texts in that they are capable of contributing to official and unofficial decision making processes. The minutes of Abant meetings are published in the book form for greater access to the masses.


Medialog Platform

Medialog Platform organizes programs that seek to create consensus in the media within the framework of freedom of the press, pluralism in the press, the media ethnics, democracy and human rights and other universal values and promote principles and accurate reporting practices.

The platform aims to contribute to the development and reinforcement of the freedom of thought and expression and human rights such as the right to information and the right to free criticism.

It organizes media meetings at a national or international level in order to improve communication and solidarity among media members and facilitate generation of ideas and projects in line with these objectives.


Women's Platform

The GYV's Women's Platform intends to create civil and democratic platforms locally and on a global scale and conduct activities for the strengthening of family, combating gender discrimination, resolving human crises in conflict zones and empowering women for effective role in building peace.

The platform focuses not only on gender equality and empowerment of women and girls in terms of rights and freedoms, but also on activities that aim to bring women together for collective efforts geared toward the settlement of problems of women and humanity and ensure that women actively take part in these efforts.


Intercultural Dialogue Platform

Intercultural Dialogue Platform (KADİP) implements projects that encourage communities from diverse religions and sects to create deeper, richer and stronger bonds among different cultures and social groups.

The platform tries to bring together the communities that refuse to establish dialogue with each other under common themes and make theoretical and practical contribution to the culture of coexistence with its social, cultural and religious activities.

The KADİP also prepared books or reports about its activities so that future generations can benefit from its work.


Dialogue Eurasia Platform

Dialogue Eurasia Platform (DAP) is an international civil society organization that seeks to build dialogue, reinforce peace, develop and share cultural and intellectual heritage among the peoples of Central Eurasia with common past and fate.

The platform performs a host of activities, including organizing of hundreds of international conferences and forums for the solution of current problems, publishing books from distinguished authors, issuing periodicals and magazines, producing films, and organizing cultural trips.

The platform operates in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine operates.