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. 

2020 is the 80th anniversary of the British Council in Turkey. We want to celebrate the anniversary of UK-Turkey cultural relations by building on our commitment to mutuality and inclusion through our programmes and by putting you 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 we wanted to celebrate our 80th anniversary by sharing the stories of 80 women whose paths have crossed with the British Council in the past 80 years.  

'Crossing paths: 80 years of changing lives' digital project has been developed to celebrate and widely share the inspiring stories of these 80 women.   

We have run six-weeks crowdsourcing campaign and gathered more than 100 stories across six decades in June 2020. 80 stories were selected to represent different age groups, regions and subjects. 

Read their inspirational experiences about how opportunities to learn, share, travel and collaborate in Education, the Arts, and the English language with the support of the British Council have shaped them personally and professionally.