“To me activism is to be organized, but more so to be on the streets and in the field raising your voice”
Sevna Somuncuoğlu founded Demir Leblebi (Iron Nuts) Women’s Association in 2015, with a mission to work within the broader field of peacebuilding and conflict resolution, focusing primarily on women’s rights and creating a culture of peace.
Sevna graduated from TED Ankara College in 1980 and from Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Fine Arts in 1984. She started her career as a human rights activist but after 1980, turned her attention specifically to defending and upholding women’s rights. She has served Turkish civil society for over 30 years in a variety of roles ranging from board member and director to consultant and trainer. She has developed a vast body of training modules and has also conducted workshops on cross-cutting topics such as gender mainstreaming, nonprofit management, history of the feminist movement, and advocacy and lobbying.
Sevna is a member of the Mediterranean Women Mediators’ Network and is currently working with 15 local mediators to build peace within their communities. She has also facilitated workshops for women’s organizations aiming to build local peace initiatives targeting women in 18 cities. In addition to being a peacebuilder, Sevna is also a communications expert, and a filmmaker and script writer at MG Communications Strategy Agency.