Activity Report of the Executive Committee (2013)
Protection of Child Labour
CHILD NEWS Channel on “Working Environment” Periodical: We are trying to transfer human right abuses of working children to our readers, in the context of child rights, taking the advantages of the websites of the various international organizations we keep in touch. There are many problems of children which vary from soldier children to kid brides, from tyranny to forced labour, from oppression on education to violence in the family… We regret to announce that both the efforts to solve these problems and the opportunities of us to convey them to the public and the authorities are limited. We are in a struggle to announce child labour and the struggle for them via our websites. The websites as indicated below are the examples:
Geographical Atlas of Child Labour Around The World: It’s a website consists of the basic information on this topic and the maps show the distribution of the worst cases of Child Labour.
Child Labour Bibliography : It’s a website consists of the publications, identities and summaries on the topic of Child Labour.
Child Labour on Media : It serves both statistics and the information of the news about child labour which take place on the five National Newspaper between 1979-2008.
Young Girls’ House
We started to implement a project to be a hope for the Young Girls in Ankara-Türközü-Boztepe Slum in 2003 in order to increase their success in school and to ensure them hold on to the life with having a profession. Within the scope of the project, seen as a way of struggling against child labour, 80 young girls for each year had chance to find a hand to help, a warm welcome and support during 11 months of the year. At the end, there became an expected success and raised awareness. Now; the girls from Boztepe studying in business high schools and universities or having a profession and their families reached the life that they can’t even imagine before. One of them is going to be an engineer soon. This project involved the students, from 4th to 8th grade, in the high school.
Prof.Dr.Nusret H.Fişek Library has many compounds and the contents of the books are available on internet (www.kutuphane.fisek.org.tr). The website is the only one in the context of “occupational health and safety” and “child labour” in Turkey. So, it the only and a rich seam of reference for researchers. These are the other libraries:
Protection of the Workers Working in the Worst Situations in terms of Occupational Health and Safety:
The development of the occupational health and safety in the worst workplaces : The project is carried with the 40 workplace which take place in Dökümcüler Complex next to Ankara-Sincan 1. Organized Industrial Site and employe less than 9 employees. With the proposal and the collaboration of Ankara Chamber of Dökümcüler and Fişek Health Services and Research Institute, the project completed its first year. It’s targeted to protect and avoid the workers working in pouring from occupational accidents and diseases with mother care. Within this scope, seven Occupational Safety Specialists were assigned to workplaces. They made the risk assessments, draw up the emergency action plans and provided trainings for workers’ health and safety. Specialists also determined of the problems of the work place and their priorities to solve the problems. They will try to clear up these problems in the course of time and as much as the work owner can afford. In addition, five workplace doctor examined workers. Parallel to the general examination, in order to enlighten the functions of respiration and hearing, the workers are subjected to lung x-ray, lung function test, hearing test. Moreover, the strickens were checked and their prescriptions were filled each workday. We believe that the more common protection of the workers from working conditions punctiliously and concept of “mother benignity” will be, the more pleasing results in terms of occupational health and safety will be gotten and the less the occupational accident(disaster) will be heard.
“Working Environment” Magazine:
Since starting its broadcasting life, “Working Environment” Magazine has never been delayed or stopped but has been continued to be published bimonthly. It’s a respectable magazine among periodicals with its 131.issue in the end of 2013. It’s a peer-reviewed journal with the advisory committee consisted of academic members coming from 10 different universities and different disciplines. The magazine is now available on our website.
Fişek Institute is trying to share all studies with pulling out all the stops to whole world. Acting charitably, we webify the information and experience of us to make them easily reached via our websites. One of our websites is in English. However, the other websites of us are available for Turkish readers from all over the world.
Social policy is a policy mosaic including the improvement of working environment, social medicine and etc. We have a website trying to enlighten this area with the help of articles (sosyalpolitika.fisek.org.tr). Also we are trying to enrich the e-library in it.
Child Labour Exhibition and Volunteers’ Hand Labour Exhibitons on special days(June 12th, World Day Against Child Labour, November 20th Children’s Rights Day) :
The volunteers who pull together for the Foundation, exhibit the hand labour products on all occasions. They create opportunity on the special days in order to mold publish opinion and make contributions to the Foundation. These exhibitions brought new volunteers in the Foundation. The public owe a debt of gratitude to the volunteers who are our richness. They are trying to pay back the duty of loyalty to the working children.
Thanks to the leaders using science and technique as guide,Turkey had chances to shoot ahead than the neighbours did. In order to reach from aridness to greenness, many Republic Highbrows and the Institutions founded by them took part. We became familiar to “Republic’s Monument Institutions” via publishing a series of books.
Prof.Dr.Nusret H.Fişek “99 Years Old” Remembrance Ceremony
This year is the 99. Birth year of Prof.Dr.Nusret H.Fişek who is the community health leader and headteachers of health workers. In the Remembrance Ceremony, this theme become prominent. As always, the meeting was held in Çankaya Municipality the Center of Contemporary Arts in Kavaklıdere on 3 November. The Remembrance Ceremony was performed including panel discussions, concerts and award ceremonies.
This practice, named Reader Workshops, is still ongoing since the Working Environment, as the media organ of our Foundation, was started to be published in 1992. The Reader Workshops targets to broaden horizons, express the opinions and climb over the efforts of brain washing of the dominants. This year, the topic was “Say Them Aloud(Arts, Law, Urban Planning and Youth)”.
Mediator: Prof.Dr.A.Gürhan Fişek
Prof.Dr.Erendiz Atasü (Writer)
Ercan Bölükbaşı (Generel Secretary of Federation of Broad Churches, Student at METU)
Doç.Dr.Tuğrul Katoğlu (Academic Member at Bilkent University Faculty of Law, Department of Criminal Law)
Bülent Tanık (City Planner, Former President of Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects, Former Generel Secretary of Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects and the Mayor of Çankaya Municipality)
Children’s Human Rights Reward:
In 2013, Antalya Metropolitan Municipality is granted to the reward due to its “The Mediterranean Industry Culture Center” project which aims to provide shelter, nourishment and health opportunities to errand boys. The reward was presented to Mayor of the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Prof.Dr.Mustafa Akaydın at Ankara Contemporary Arts Center on November 3th, 2013. He mentioned that he was one of the students of Prof.Dr.Nusret Fişek and the favourite academic member of the students who had graduated from Hacettepe University Medical Faculty before 1983 was Nusret Fişek. Moreover, he explained that the Project is a project in which many people take part and make effort and that the importance of receiving a reward from a Foundation which follows in Nusret Fişek’s wake. We celebrate those who contributed to this project.
Group Painting Exhibition: With the heading “Everything for Children”, the Paintings were exhibited at the Center of Contemporary Arts (Kavaklıdere-Ankara). The painters were