Ayse Nur Gedik
Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women Eurasia Human Rights
Women’s advocate Ayse Nur Gedik first decided to stand up against domestic violence when she could no longer bear to hear the quiet cries of her next door neighbor being abused by her husband, a well-known businessman.
“I had no idea what I was going to do,” Ayse recalls of that night. “I cried at home, and she cried at her house. The next morning, I knocked on her door, you know, just to ask for sugar or some flour, and say, ‘I’m at home if you need anything.’ She said, ‘No, I broke my nose when a suitcase fell down.’”
A Turkish businesswoman with over 20 years of international experience, Ayse wasn’t ab