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.
Thursday 21 May 2020 to Friday 22 May 2020

Highlight of the week

80 Years, 80 Women, 80 Stories

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 thinking about your own story, below is an example from an inspiring women whose path has crossed with us in the past.

'As a teacher, I have never worked with 'Professional Learning Communities' during my professional life. I always tried to create practices that will increase the success of my students with my own means. This situation lasted until my path crossed with the British Council... How? One day, an official document came to my school on the organization of educational trainings to support the professional development and language skills of English teachers. The document mentions a program within the scope of the cooperation between the Ministry of National Education, Directorate General of Teacher Training and Development and the British Council. The teachers to be chosen were obviously going to undertake important tasks. I was lucky and I was chosen as one of them. The trainings and opportunities we received from the British Council were so different that I could not have imagined. In addition to providing four language skills not only for English, it also showed ways to be innovative and creative in the culture of cooperation in education and training. Moreover, and it made me very excited, it gave me the chance to attend the International Conference of English Teachers (IATEFL) conference held every year in the UK. The British Council has helped me to connect with my colleagues, whom I will be inspired on a national and international scale.' - Reyhan Güneş

Send in your story and join our grand celebration.

Don't miss out!

Webinar invitation for Newton Katip Çelebi Fund

Register to take part in the webinar on Friday 22 May at 12.00, to learn more about Newton-Katip Çelebi Fund Research Environment Links May 2020 call.

Festival Arena

The topic of the second episode of the Açık Radio programme series is women’s equality in politics according to the 2020 Gender Gap Report and Politics, Leadership and Power at the current pandemic era. The guests of ‘Festival Alanı’ on Monday 25 May at 14.00 are Gülseren Onanç and Asena Günal. 

Hay Festival

British Council is partnering with Hay Festival on a series of free online events on 22-25 May bringing together writers and thinkers from the UK and around the world. Join here.

Open call for international architects

The annual London Festival of Architecture (LFA) invites organisations and individuals to respond with digital content that addresses this year’s theme of ‘power’. Deadline for applications is 27 May 2020.