Prof. Yakın Ertürk, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women

Biographical note

Yakın Ertürk has been on the faculty of the Department of Sociology, Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, since 1986. She also taught at the Centre for Girls, at King Saud University in Riyadh (1979-1982) and from 1979 to 1981 served as its Chair. Between 1997 and 2001 she joined the United Nations, serving first as Director of the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Oct.1997- Feb.1999), then as Director of The Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) at UN Headquarters in New York (March 1999 – Oct. 2001). She has worked for various national and international agencies on rural development and women in development projects. Her academic areas of interest are International Human Rights Regimes; Identity Politics, Conflict and Violence against Women; Globalization and Population Movements; Household Labour Use Patterns and Women in Development.

On 1 August 2003, Yakın Ertürk was appointed as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women. Within this context, she undertakes fact finding missions to various countries; receives complaints regarding violations of women’s human rights from around the world; and prepares thematic reports on violence against women, its causes and consequences. She submits reports on all her activities and findings to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations.