Semanur Karaman


Turkey Europe Future Forum

Period of the Fellowship


Project title

Migration and Refugee Policies within the Framework of EU-Turkey Relations

Project description

Semanur Karaman is part of a network of young Turkish and European leaders from all sectors who come together once a year to engage in intensive dialogue and to share views and ideas about topical social issues. The Turkey Europe Future Forum takes place alternately in Turkey and Germany, as well as in other European countries.


Women’s Rights, Human Rights, Civil Society, Feminism

Short biography

Semanur Karaman is a feminist activist from Turkey who specializes in freedoms pertaining to civil society with a specific focus on women human rights defenders in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). She is the Women Human Rights Defenders coordinator at the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID). Prior to joining AWID, she worked as a policy and advocacy officer for the global civil society organization, CIVICUS, and as a researcher for the local Turkish NGO, Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TÜSEV). She has also worked as parliamentary assistant at the UK Parliament and consulted and conducted research for various global human-rights research projects. Ms Karaman obtained a bachelors degree in history and international relations from Koç University in Istanbul, an MA in human rights and cultural diversity at the University of Essex and had a fellowship in public policy and democracy at the London School of Economics.