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Nuriye Ulviye was the founder of the first Muslim feminist magazine of the Ottoman Empire, Kadinlar Dunyasi (Women’s World) which was published weekly between the years of 1913 and 1921. A trailblazer of her time, she wanted to create a space for women to develop and be empowered through informed conversation and debate with their peers.
The magazine was formed as the official journal of the Association for the Defence of the Rights of Ottoman Women, which was also founded by Civelek, and was the first women’s organisation recognised under Ottoman law.
Among the aims of the publication were to produce a magazine to give a voice to women of all social classes and ethnic backgrounds in the Ottoman empire, to exchange views and experiences with feminist movements outside the Ottoman Empire, to foster dialogue and solidarity among women on an international level and to actively contest problematic gender stereotypes.
For more information on the life and work of Nuriye Ulviye see our Forgotten Heritage archive.
Adapted from the Istanbul Museum of Women, with their kind permission.