Our Events

DMEDD Bazaar 2023 Information Meeting


An informative meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with SHOM members and representatives of foreign missions who will participate in our DMEDD Bazaar, to be held on 10 December 2023, at the Sheraton Ankara Hotel after a four-year hiatus. Read More

Our Marbling Lessons Have Started


The marbling classes organised by DMEDD with the participation of SHOM members started on 21 November 2023 at the Ankara Olgunlaşma Institute and have brought pleasant moments and memories. Read More

Our Visit to the Embassy of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprust


With heartfelt thanks to our dear friend Mrs. Suna Korukoğlu, spouse of the Ambassador of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to Ankara, for her kind invitation and warm hospitality... Read More

Join Us in Celebrating the Centenary of the Republic of Türkiye with An Evening of Music and Folk Dance


On the occasion of the Centenary of Republic of Türkiye, DMEDD organized an event to the Presidential Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on the first day of November titled “The short history of Turkish polyphonic music”. Our participants comprised of DMEDD and SHOM members, foreign representatives and Ambassadors in Ankara. Thanks to enjoyable and exclusive talk with Mr. Cem’i Can Deliorman, the chief conductor of Presidential Symphony Orchestra, followed by a musical surprise and whole tour of the building. We had the unique opportunity to get to know CSO Historical Building and CSO Ada. May our people celebrate many more centenaries to come filled with music and art. Read More

African Handicrafts Market and Culture House Visit


On 8 November 2023, DMEDD Chairperson Şebnem Akçapar and members of the Board visited the "African Handicrafts Market and House of Culture" which was opened under the auspices of H.E. Emine Erdoğan as a social responsibility project with the coordination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the support of non-governmental organizations with the aim of selling the handicrafts made by African women in Turkey at the price they deserve without profit and sending the income to African women. Read More

History of Polyphonic Music on the 100th Anniversary of the Republic


On the occasion of the centennial of the Republic of Türkiye, DMEDD organised "An Evening of Music and Folk Dance" on the historic main stage of the Museum of Painting and Sculpture with the attendance of more than 300 guests, including representatives of foreign missions in Ankara on 11th of November. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic, and the martyrs who have passed away were remembered with respect. Following the opening speeches by Prof. Dr. Şebnem Akçapar, 43rd Chairperson of the Board of Directors of DMEDD and Mr. Mehmet Kemal Bozay, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the event continued with a musical recital of Atatürk's most favourite songs and folk dance performances. The soloists Nahide Saygun Akkal and Turgut Karadeniz performed beautiful songs, while the Ankara State Modern Dance Ensemble under the direction of Soner Satı delighted the guests with traditional dances. Special thanks to all who made this pleasant evening unforgettable. Read More

Our Turkish Lessons Started


The "Turkish Language and Culture" courses, which have been organized for many years by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spouses' Solidarity Association (DMEDD) for the spouses of foreign ambassadors and diplomats working in Ankara, were started off on October 21st by Mr. Adem Karaoğlu, an expert teacher and member of our Board of Directors. Read More

Türkiye İş Bank Economic Independence Museum and Stamp Museum Tours


DMEDD organised a special visit to the Türkiye İş Bank Economic Independence Museum and Stamp Museum on Thursday, 12 October 2023. Read More

DMEDD's traditional "Welcome Tea"


DMEDD's traditional "Welcome Tea", which brings together newly appointed foreign mission representatives and their spouses in Ankara, was hosted on 9 October by Şebnem Akçapar, the 43rd President of DMEDD, with the participation of DMEDD board members. Read More

Bilkent City Hospital " Barrier-Free Children's Park Opening"


On 6 October 2023, we inaugurated the playground designed specifically for children with special needs which was built in the gardens of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Hospital of the Bilkent City Hospital with valuable contributions of DMEDD (The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spouses' Solidarity Association) and (TUIB) Azerbaijan - Turkey Business Association,... Read More

Comprehensive Presentation to SHOM Members About DMEDD Bazaar


On October 5th, we organized an informative and preparatory meeting on DMEDD Traditional Bazaar hosted by Ms. Louma Kabalan - the President of SHOM, at her residence. Read More

DMEDD Meeting within the Scope of the Ambassadors Conference


On the occasion of the 14th Ambassadors’ Conference on August 8th, 2023, DMEDD Meeting was held with the participation of the esteemed spouses of our Ambassadors posted in the missions abroad and those appointed in Ankara. The program commenced with the participation of 102 guests, who took a moment of silence to pay their... Read More

SHOM Green Group Titled "One Health"


On June 16th, our executive board members participated in the seminar programme organized by SHOM Green Group titled "One Health" hosted by the New Zealand Ambassador. We would like to thank SHOM Green Group, H.E. Zoe Dawn Coulson-Sinclair and her husband Dr. Ross Sinclair for their kind invitation and excellent organisation. Read More

Ministry Training Program DMEDD Presentation


Mrs. Şebnem Akçapar, President of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spouses' Solidarity Association (DMEDD), gave a presentation on the history and activities of our association, on 15th of June, in the framework of the “Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Training Program for the First Time Posted Consul Generals and Their Spouses". Read More

SHOM Asian Cuisine


On June 8, we represented DMEDD at the presentation on "Asian Cuisine" held at the residence of the Republic of Korea, hosted by Hwa Kyung Sah, the esteemed spouse of the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, in collaboration with the spouses of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, and Thailand Ambassadors. Read More

Mindfulness Magic Of Being In The Moment


On June 5, DMEDD organized the event "Exploring Mindfulness: The Magic of Being in the Moment," in which DMEDD and SHOM members participated under the guidance of mindfulness and yoga instructor Zeynep Ağacıkoğlu. Read More

Meeting With Our Scholarship Students


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spouses' Solidarity Association (DMEDD), whose main mission is to support education, has been known for its scholarships since its establishment. As members of the Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board, we met with students who are studying at different universities that we support with scholarships. We had a pleasant conversation about their education, scholarship processes, their expectations for the future, and other issues that DMEDD can contribute to. Read More

"SHOM Green Group Upcycling Fashion" Event


On the 31st of May, we attended the "Shom Green Group Upcycling Fashion" event hosted by Loriana Fabian Marropodi, the esteemed wife of the Italian Ambassador, on behalf of DMEDD. Read More

"Beyaz Zamanı" Shirt Collection


On May 30, 2023, with the participation of DMEDD and SHOM members, we organized a pleasant program at Ankara Olgunlaşma Institute. First, we visited their Turkish Embroidery, Jewelry Technology, Art and Design and Marbling Workshops and then we visited their exhibition titled "Beyaz Zamanı Shirt Collection" which is a combination of traditional handicrafts and delicate handicrafts. Read More

DMEDD-The Journey Of Coffee


On May 23rd, DMEDD organized an event called "The Journey of Coffee" at Roast'n Berry Academy. Murat Erşekerci, the founder of Roast'n Berry coffee chains, first gave a presentation to DMEDD and SHOM members about the history of coffee, then demonstrated the new generation brewing techniques and served the brewed coffees. We would like to thank the Roast'n Berry team for hosting this entertaining program. Read More

Traditional Spring Tea of SHOM


On the 12th of May, we attended the traditional Spring Tea of SHOM, hosted by Mrs Yasmina Mimouni, the esteemed wife of the Algerian Ambassador, on behalf of DMEDD. Once again, we thank SHOM and Mrs Yasmina Mimouni for their kind invitation and our pleasant hours together. Read More

DMEDD Presidents Meeting


43rd Term DMEDD President, Mrs. Şebnem Akçapar hosted a pleasant get together with our past Presidents at the "Precious Presidents of DMEDD" meeting held on May 10, 2023. During the gathering, we also found the opportunity to exchange valuable opinions and future projects to be carried out in the rest of the year. Read More

Seminar Series on the Centenary of Turkish Republic-I


On Tuesday, May 9, 2023, we held the first seminar of our ‘The 100th Anniversary of the Republic of Türkiye Seminar Series’ at the Fatin Rüştü Zorlu Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In this seminar, Prof. Dr. Çiğdem Varol, Prof. Dr. N. Aydan Sat, Assoc. Prof. Dr. S. Bahar Yenigül and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Z. Aslı Gürel examined the social, economic, and spatial transformations of Kızılay and Kızılay Square, which is the heart of the administrative, sociological, economic, and political heart of Ankara since the establishment of the Republic, and presented their book titled ‘The Story of the Transformation of the Capital’s Kızılay Square’. Read More

April 23 National Sovereignty And Children's Day


As DMEDD, we participated in the April 23rd National Sovereignty and Children's Day event organized for the earthquake survivor children being treated at Bilkent City Hospital Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Department. Read More

1st And 2nd Parliament Building Museum Visit


On the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of our Republic, DMEDD plans to organize a series of events. The first one in the series is a must - going back to the roots with a special visit to the First Turkish Grand National Assembly Building (Independence War Museum) and the Second Turkish Grand National Assembly Building (Republic Museum) on Friday, April 14th. Read More

DMEDD Presentation At Diplomacy Academy


Prof. Dr. Şebnem Akçapar, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of DMEDD, gave a presentation on the establishment and activities of DMEDD to the young diplomats who have just started their long careers at the MFA. In her talk, Prof. Akçapar further emphasized the importance of strengthening the relations between the members of MFA and our association. The meeting took place as part of the Preparatory Training Program for Newly Recruited Career Officers of the Diplomacy Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on April 12, 2023. Read More

We Prepared Ramadan Packages For LÖSEV


On the 8th of April, together with the members of our Board of Directors and Supervisory Board and our scholarship students, we supported LÖSEV's "Koli Koli Mutluluk/Boxes of Happiness” project, which aims to bring the abundance and blessings of Ramadan to the families of children with leucemia. Read More

DMEDD-Bilkent Special Concert Rehearsal


Today, we, DMEDD members and representatives of SHOM, had the privilege of attending the rehearsal of the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gürer Aykal and accompanied by pianist Gülsin Onay. Read More



The "Sounds of Deep Waters" exhibition was organized at the Turkish-Japanese Foundation Cultural Center, on the initiative of DMEDD.
Beautiful melodies of DMEDD Academy Committee member and contrabass player PhD—Burak Noyan accompanied underwater photographer PhD—Alp Can’s presentation with his marvellous photographs. The event was highly appreciated by the audience which brought together DMEDD members, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and SHOM members. Read More

18 March Martyrs' Day


On the March 18 Martyrs' Day, we held a commemoration ceremony at the Martyrs' Cemetery of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cebeci, Ankara. We bow respectfully before the memory of our martyred diplomats and all martyrs. May God bless their souls to rest forever in peace. Read More

Gastrodiplomacy Training Program Closing Ceremony


DMEDD carries out various projects to contribute to the education of future generations. Gastro-diplomacy programme was one of such projects. The closing ceremony of the Gastro-diplomacy Training Programme organised in cooperation with Mogan Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School with the support of the Diplomacy Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DIAB) and Hacı Bayram Veli University Faculty of Tourism, was held on 9 March 2023. Read More

Anıtkabir Visit


On the occasion of the International Women's Day, we paid an official visit to Anıtkabir to express our gratitude to the Great Leader Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who enabled women to participate in all walks of life in our society. May his soul rest in peace. Read More

43nd Executive And Supervisory Board


The DMEDD General Assembly was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 8 February 2023. Following the presentation of the Annual Activity Reports, members of the 43nd Term Executive and Supervisory Board have been elected. The new Board Members were assigned to their committees at the first Board meeting on 20 February 2023. Read More

Messages of Condolences

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Our Deepest Condolences To Our Nation


We are deeply saddened by the devastating earthquakes that ripped through many cities in the southeast region of Türkiye. We extend our sincere condolences to the families and relatives of those who lost their lives while wishing a fast recovery to all the injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims as well as the emergency personnel working tirelessly in the ongoing relief efforts. Read More

Visit Of TEMA To DMEDD Office

We welcomed members of the TEMA Foundation Ankara Provincial Representative Office, led by Ms. Mukadder Ekremoğlu, at the DMEDD office. TEMA team provided important information about the foundation's fields of activity, their educational programs involving climate change and zero waste, as well as their projects on afforestation and erosion prevention. We would like to thank TEMA Foundation Ankara Provincial Representative for their kind visit. Read More