Koç University UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality and Sustainable Development

Summer Academy

Women’s Empowerment for Sustainable Development

2-6 September 2019

Koç University, Istanbul


UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality and Sustainable Development is proud to offer a one-week international summer academy on “Women’s Empowerment for Sustainable Development”. This program aims to respond to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 5 focusing on gender equality and women’s empowerment. It will bring together leading academics, UN and GREVIO experts, and femocracts to share with the participants their academic and professional knowledge and experience. The seminar curriculum will have short courses. The courses will be designed as intensive workshops and discussions to stimulate innovative strategies considering country-specific and global challenges. They will include the latest research outputs, facts & figures, best practices, and analysis of women’s empowerment and gender-based discrimination.

This Summer Academy targets the international audience of potential women leaders – particularly young politicians, civic society representatives, academics and professionals.

The curriculum covers the following topics: the international legal framework for women’s empowerment (such as CEDAW, Belém do Pará Convention, Istanbul Convention), political participation of women and voting behavior, legislative decision making and women, violence against women, women’s employment, women and foreign policy.

The academy will take place from Monday to Friday (09:00- 16:00) including seminars, interactive workshops and site visits.

Confirmed Lecturers:

Gülser Corat – Director,Division for Gender Equality Office of the Director-General UNESCO

Jennifer Anderson – Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Ankara

Rosie Campbell- Professor of Politics and Director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London

Feride Acar- Former President of the Group of Experts of Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) and Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Public Administration at METU 

Bertil Emrah Oder – Dean of Law School and UNESCO Chairholder on Gender Equality and Sustainable Development at Koç University

Irene Spigno – Professor at Inter-American Academy of Human Rights-Autonomous University of Coahuila, Mexico.

Andrea Borroni- Professor at Luigi Vanvitelli University of Campania, Italy.

Serena Tolino – Professor at the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Amrita Bahri – Co-Chair for Mexico, WTO Chair Program and Assistant Professor of Law at  Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

Aslı Mert-Ermiş- Asst. Professor in Sociology and Vice Director of Center for Gender Studies at Koç University

Özgün Çelebi- Asst. Professor in Civil Law at Koç University

Valentina Rita Scotti – Post-doctoral Researcher in Comparative Public Law at Koç University  

Nazlı Kazanoğlu-  Post-doctoral Researcher at the Center for Gender Studies at Koç University

Bengü Sefer Kurtege – Post-doctoral Researcher at the Center for Gender Studies at Koç University


Closing Remarks by: 

Umran S. İnan – President of Koç University 

Bertil Emrah Oder – Dean of Law School and UNESCO Chairholder on Gender Equality and Sustainable Development at Koç University

Zeynep Karahan Uslu –  Chair of Gender Equality Expert Committee at Turkish National Comission for UNESCO 

Alia El-Yassir – UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia


Who Should Attend?

Students, researchers and professionals from diverse disciplines with a focus on program topics and those who have interest in women’s empowerment and gender issues.

The summer academy seminars and readings will both be conducted in English.

A certificate will be provided upon successful completion of the program.


Deadline for Regular Application: 14 July 2019

Deadline for Scholarship Application: 31 May 2019


Application Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A Photo
  • Online Registration Form (not available as of 14 July 2019)
  • 1 recommendation letter (from academia/professional life)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Formal document from institutions (from current school/organization stating your role)
  • All documents must be submitted via the online registration form

Confirmation of Registration        

Candidates will be informed regarding their status of application within 15 days and if they are accepted, their registration will be completed only after they make the full payment.


  • The fee for the academy is 1500 Euros (covers accommodation at Koç University Campus and breakfast and lunch on program days).
  • For the participants who wish to self-arrange their accommodation in Istanbul, the fee is 1125 Euros.
  • The participants are responsible for their travel to Istanbul and transportation to Koç University.
  • All fee packages cover the expenses of course materials, field trips and social programs.


Payments will be received only via online credit card transactions. A secure payment link will be provided to those whose applications are accepted after evaluation.


15% discount for NON-PROFITS

15% discount for Koç University Students & Alumni & Staff

15% discount for Applicants from Partner Institutions


Limited number of full scholarships will be available (only for selected 5 candidates). Applicants who wish to apply for a scholarship should indicate their choice in the relevant section of the application form with a short statement of their financial constraints. Please note that this is a non-profit program and the scholarships will be granted based on the availability of excess funds upon the completion of the application round.


Scholarship results will be announced in June 2019.


Lodging and Travel

The Academy will be held at Koç University Rumelifeneri Campus in Istanbul, Türkiye

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Dormitory accommodations at Koç University are included in your academy registration. Accommodations include single and double room options with private bathrooms.  The dormitory rooms will be available from 1 September to 7 September 2019.  If you plan on arriving earlier or leaving later, you are responsible for arranging your own accommodations.


Details on curriculum and social activities will be provided shortly.

For more information please contact womensempowerment@ku.edu.tr