Former Board Member
Yakin Ertürk is the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and is a Member of the UNRISD Board. She is a Professor of the Department of Sociology at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, since 1986. She holds a PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University. She currently is the Chairperson of the Gender and Women's Study Programme of the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. Professor Ertürk has held a number of international and national posts among which are: Director of the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 1999-2001; and Director of the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), 1997-1999.