'Women’s poverty does not imply only a lack of income and physical resources, but at the same time the state of being powerless on the streets and at home. The main reasons for this are gender roles, domestic inequality and inequality in education. In these times, standing up to the future-anxieties of women and powerlessness created by poverty, to the growing hatred at home and on the streets due to the pandemic, poverty violence and inequality, is not about “aid, charity,” but we organized a solidarity movement aiming to make structural inequality known, reduced and eventually eliminated. We reached the mother who collected food from dumpsters because she could not access food and who diapered her baby with a plastic bag because she could not buy nappies, we reached a girl who could not access remote education because she did not have a tablet, we reached a 65+ garbage collector woman who had no income because she had to stay at home, we stood in solidarity with a housekeeper who was sent home on unpaid leave. The founders of “Deep Poverty Network”, of the solidarity we initiated against social injustice and inequality with Covid-19, were, once more, women who have been feeling the effects of inequality since the day they were born. We have no choice but to overcome these troubling times by holding the hand of our sister, who tries to survive along with her growing anger in her single room.'
Human Rights advocate, activist and writer Hacer Foggo, based on the idea that poverty is a human rights violation, tackles neglected problems. The activist, who has been working for many years on women and children in poverty specific to the Roma, has fought against the urban transformation in Sulukule and Küçükbakkalköy. Foggo, who has organized the foundation of Roma Rights Forum of Turkey, (ROMFO) has supported the opening of several centres where Roma women and children could get an education; and these centres have aimed at empowering the participants by providing family communication, literacy, teaching support and vocational trainings. Foggo, who is a board member of Open Society, is also the founder of Çimenev Arts and Science Centre that aims to develop, within the scope of the foundation, the capacities of young people, women and children from various backgrounds, in areas such as education, civil society awareness, social entrepreneurship and technology. She started a campaign with the hashtag #EvindenDeğiştir (#ChangeFromHome) in the course of the pandemic since families with daily and precarious work, and in particular women and children, have been facing major problems having access to food, so as to provide them access to basic rights such as health, education, clothing and psychological support; and she enabled, by setting up the Deep Poverty Network, (Derin Yoksulluk Ağı) to have basic needs be sent directly from the supporters to the families. In 2015, with her struggle for Roma rights, Foggo was entitled to be one of the three people to receive support from Ashoka, the world’s first and largest network of social entrepreneurs. She also a study-research book “Kırmızı Püskül” (Red Tassel) published by Çivi Yazıları Yayınevi (Çivi Yazıları Publishing House).