Hürriyet Gazetecilik ve Matbaacılık A.Ş.
Hurriyet is based in Turkey, and is the first member of the print media to join the Corporate Alliance. They are taking the lead in forming a Corporate Alliance in Turkey. In the 2006 No to Domestic Violence Conference opening speech in November, Vuslat Dogan Sabanci, CEO of Hurriyet, said, “We would like to invite all companies to form an alliance of the private sector against this problem.”
This is not their first foray into the issue of domestic violence - Hurriyet has been sponsoring the No to Domestic Violence conferences in Turkey for the past two years and has spearheaded an award-winning campaign. The No to Domestic Violence campaign, launched by Hurriyet, in partnership with the Contemporary Education Foundation, CNN Turk and Istanbul Governorate Human Rights Department, received the 2006 United Nations Grand Award for outstanding achievement in public relations.
The campaign included a training program entitled “Spouse Relationship Support Program.” It was aimed at improving communication and conflict resolution within families, and included a volunteer program in Turkey, a television public service announcement, a website, a special booklet, print articles and news programs. Research conducted during the training sessions of the campaign confirmed that, overall, 39 percent of Turkish women and 63 percent of women in the 15 to 19 age group believe wife-beating is justified in some cases. The campaign reached 9,000 women and men in Istanbul and Turkish communities in Germany, culminated in Hurriyet’s first international conference hosted jointly by Hurriyet and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Turkey in November 2005.