Nebahat Akkoç

She was born in Bingöl in 1955. She received primary education in Hazro and Silvan districts of Diyarbakır. After primary school, she went to “Mardin Girls Teaching Elementary School” as a boarder. As part of the East-West Amalgamation move in 1970, she had to finish her teaching education in “Manisa Mardin Girls Teaching Elementary School”.  She completed an associate degree program in Eskişehir Anadolu University while teaching. She taught several schools in villages, districts and city centrum of Diyarbakır for 22 years.

She became an activist in TÖB-DER (Teachers Association Foundation of Turkey), an organization that was active until 1980.


She was the chairperson of Diyarbakır branch of EĞİTİM-SEN (Education and Science Workers’ Union) between 1990-1993. Afterwards, she became a member of the General Executive Board of the Human Rights Association (İHD). She functioned as the Regional Representative during her service. In 1994, she joined Democratic People’s Party (DEP) as a substitute member for four months.

She began actively engaging in women’s studies in 1996. She founded KAMER (Women’s Center) in 1997. Initially founded as a company, KAMER was restructured as KAMER Foundation in 2005 to generalize its endeavors. She founded various centers to fight for women’s human rights in 23 provinces of South-Eastern and Eastern Anatolia.
She has been carrying out the “Every Woman Deserves An Opportunity” program since 2005. This program aims to provide every woman from all provinces, districts and villages with an opportunity to escape from violence by transforming women’s traditional roles to make a difference.