This week, we wanted to continue investigate the women's life in Mardin. So, James and I prepared some questions and asked to the ÇATOM teachers. Every week, we will talk about one teacher's responds, here is Hülya Akgül, who is the coordinator and teacher of Ömerli - ÇATOM:

1. How did you become involved in the ÇATOM?

Working with ÇATOM was my dream because it had a very nice atmosphere; looks like home and cozy, so I thought working in a place like that would fit me well. I  chose Ömerli because I wanted to help women in my own town. Now, I coordinate Ömerli-ÇATOM and help women become stronger and independent.

2. How would you describe life for women in Ömerli?

In Ömerli, women always stay at home because there are no places to get socialize. Also, there are no jobs for women to work. So life in Ömerli is difficult for women. ÇATOM is a great place for women because they both socialize and make money thru their hand crafts.

3. What is your educational background?

I graduated from Anadolu University Public Relations department.

4. What are your goals (for work with ÇATOM, yourself, etc.)?

I would like to provide all women in this town to become financially independent and also get education.

5. What do you love to do/make?

I love to read, travel, and also working with/for women are my favorite things to do.

6. What would surprise people not from Turkey to learn about Ömerli-Mardin?

If people come to Ömerli, they would be surprised to see the hospitality and warmth of this town’s people.

These days, they are working on felt bracelets. It seems like there is a demand for them. Hopefully, they will sell a lot! :)

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