In the image, a middle-aged woman smiles at the camera. The woman's hair is at the nape level and there are lightings in yellow and purple. There is a  transparent purple box on the woman's right side. It says 'If your path has crossed with the British Council, share your story with us'. There is a logo upper right, which is the British council and the 80th year logo.

The British Council’s 80th Anniversary in Turkey

The British Council has been working in Turkey continuously since 1940, bringing international opportunities to life, every day. 

The whole world is going through a difficult period and we believe that all of us need a reason to be hopeful. 2020 is the 80th anniversary of the British Council in Turkey. We want to celebrate the anniversary of UK-Turkey cultural relations in this challenging year by building on our commitment to mutuality and inclusion through our programmes and by putting our audiences at the heart of what we do. 
We believe that gender equality and women’s empowerment are crucial in creating inclusive, open and prosperous societies. So to celebrate our 80th year in Turkey, we want to find 80 women whose paths have crossed with the British Council in the past 80 years so that we can tell their stories - and share them as widely as possible. 
While staying home to be safe, why not take a journey to the past and dive into your memories…
  • How did your path cross with the British Council?
  • How did the British Council affect you? Did the British Council change your life in some way? Maybe you were a member of our library, a participant in one of our programmes or a project partner, or maybe you took your IELTS test with the British Council in Turkey… 
We believe all voices are precious. If this isn’t you, perhaps you know someone who has crossed paths with us. If so, please spread the word to help us find the women whose lives we’ve touched during our past 80 years in Turkey.
You are at the heart of what we do! And we wish to celebrate many more years together.
#BirlikteDahaİyiye (TogetherToBeBetter)
#80Yıl80Kadın (80Years80Women)
Submissions are now closed. Thank you very much for your interest.
In the image, there is a girl looking up the camera in an environment reminiscent of the theater. Behind the girl, there are 5 people, 4 male and 1 female, who are sitting scattered and looking upwards laughing. The girl in the middle, she has black hair at shoulder level. she's wearing a black shirt.

How will the stories be used?

The 80th anniversary panel will read all the stories to ensure we have representations from different age groups, regions and subjects. We will share your stories on and British Council in Turkey social media accounts on Instagram (@turkeybritishcouncil), on Twitter (@trBritish) or on Facebook (@britishcouncilturkey).

We will contact you through the medium you shared your story. Make sure your account is public and you can receive e-mails from by adding the e-mail address onto your contact list.

80 stories will be chosen, and owners of the stories will be invited join us in a celebration of our work together over the past 80 years. 

80 stories will be announced on November.

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