Refugee and Turkish Women in Gaziantep Joined the Jazz Workshop

Jazz Day: At the end of the jazz event, all women were happy! Caz etkinliğinin sonunda tüm kadınlar mutluydu! Credit: Tayfun Yılmaz/UN Women
At the end of the jazz event, all women were happy! Photo: Tayfun Yılmaz/UN Women

On the occasion of the International Jazz Day, UN Women Turkey organized a jazz workshop for migrant and Turkish women in Gaziantep on 30 April 2019. The half-day event provided an interactive space for jazz musicians to talk about the universal value of music, history of jazz music, different types of jazz and jazz songs.

The musicians and women sang and danced together. The event has been organized at the SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Center and welcomed the beneficiaries of the center who have interest in music and created a warm environment for social cohesion.

At the event, Ahmet Berker, an academician at the University of Hacettepe Ankara State Conservatory, and his colleagues Ceren Temel, İrfan Dündar Erentürk and Selçuk Canberk Dağtekin provided brief information about worldwide known jazz singers and performed some of the most well-known jazz music around the world. The musicians discussed how jazz serves for universal peace, inter-cultural interaction and exchange. At the end of the event, women learned a jazz song and performed it together with the musicians.

The SADA Center operates under the leadership of UN Women, in partnership with Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants and International Labour Organisation within the framework of the European Union financed the project “Strengthening the Resilience of Syrian Women and Girls and Host Communities”.