Our Events

44th Term DMEDD Roots and Roads Exhibition

15.05.2024

On May 15, 2024, we held the opening of the group exhibition which includes paintings, mosaics, and ceramic works by 14 artists under the name "Roots and Roads” at the Soyut Art Gallery. The exhibition not only brought together the works of the members of the Foreign Affairs and their spouses, but also the unique experiences gained in different countries and works inspired by different cultures by keeping Turkish culture intact. Read More

Invitation of DMEDD President Şebnem Akçapar

09.05.2024

On May 9, DMEDD Green Committee organized the "Green Touch of Spring" event with the invitation of DMEDD President Şebnem Akçapar, the wonderful hospitality of Mrs. Mine Üçer and the participation of SHOM members. Read More

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spouses Solidarity Association (DMEDD), a delegation of our members visited the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)

24-27.04.2024

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spouses Solidarity Association (DMEDD), a delegation of our members visited the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) between April 24-27, 2024, at the invitation of Oya Ertuğruloğlu, the esteemed wife of the TRNC Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu. On the first day of our visit, we had the opportunity to come together with our friends at the Spring Gathering organized by the DMEDD Executive Board and the Association of Foreign Service Personnel and Spouses of the TRNC Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DİMED). Read More

Recreation Area Opening at Bilkent City Hospital Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Department

22.04.2024

On April 22, 2024, we inaugurated the recreation area that DMEDD built for children undergoing treatment at the Bilkent City Hospital Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Hospital. We also had the chance to celebrate the Children’s Day with them. Our Board of Directors participated in the event. Special thanks were received from the Chief Physician, Prof. Dr. Emre Adıgüzel for realizing yet another project in such a short time. Read More

DMEDD Holiday Meeting

19.04.2024

Following the Ramazan Bayram, a meet and greet celebration was organized on April 19, 2024, hosted by DMEDD President Şebnem Akçapar, bringing together the newly elected 44th term DMEDD Board of Directors and Audit Committee members, SHOM members, and spouses of ambassadors serving in Ankara. Read More

İkebana Workshop

16.04.2024

On April 16, 2024, we had a wonderful Ikebana lesson at our association. Our DMEDD Board Member and Ikebana Instructor, Filiz Öztürk, hosted the event for our members, SHOM members, and foreign ambassador spouses serving in Ankara. Read More

Yoga Activity from Traditional to Clinical

15.04.2024

We had a wonderful time organizing the 'Yoga from Traditional to Clinical' event on April 15, 2024, in collaboration with DMEDD and Bilkent City Hospital Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Hospital. Read More

Ankara Etnography Museum and Art and Sculpture Museum Excursions

03.04.2024

On April 3, 2024, visits were organized to the Ankara Ethnography Museum and to the Painting and Sculpture Museum with the participation of members of DMEDD and foreign mission representatives. Read More

Participation in the presentation titled "Zero Waste at Home" held at the Italian Embassy Residence

29.03.2024

As green transformation becomes a key agenda item for our century, on March 29, 2024 DMEDD participated at Dr. Zeynep İnanç's insightful presentation on "Zero Waste at Home."... Read More

44th Term Management and Audit Boards Visit to Anıtkabir

25.03.2024

Following the tradition observed at the beginning of each term, newly elected Executive Board and Audit Board Members of DMEDD paid a visit to Anıtkabir on March 25th, 2024 to pay our respects to the founder of the Turkish Republic. Read More

18 March Martyrs' Memorial Day Ceremony

18.03.2024

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... Read More

Promotion of DMEDD within the framework of the Diplomatic Academy and Candidate Professional Officers Training Program

15.03.2024

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,... Read More

Visit to Kavaklı Primary and Secondary School

15.03.2024

On March 15, 2024, the members of DMEDD Board of Directors visited Altındağ Kavaklı Primary and Secondary School to deliver the needed materials. Read More

Participation in the Concert Organized by the Embassy of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

11.03.2024

We are honored to have attended the recital by renowned Northern Cypriot State Artist Rüya Taner on March 11, 2024. Held at the Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory under the auspices of the Embassy of the Turkish... Read More

Visit to Polatlı İğciler Primary School

08.03.2024

DMEDD President Şebnem Akçapar and the members of the Board paid a visit to the Polatlı İğciler Elementary School on March 8 2024. During their visit, they delivered much needed materials and gifts to the students. Read More

Participation in the Concert Organized by the Embassy of the Dominican Republic

07.03.2024

On March 7, 2024, we attended a concert featuring Latin Grammy Nominee Dominican soprano artist Nathalie Peña-Comas. The concert was held at the Ankara Painting and Sculpture Museum to celebrate the 180th anniversary ... Read More

Visit to Altındağ Science and Art Center (BİLSEM) School, 2024

02.03.2024

On March 2, 2024, the members of the 43rd Term Board visited the Altındağ Science and Art Center (BİLSEM). Along with the Altındağ Provincial Director of National Education and the BİLSEM School Director... Read More

44th Term Management and Audit Board

29.02.2024

Following the annual activity reports presented by the committees at the 43rd Ordinary General Assembly Meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on February 29, 2024, our 44th Term Board of Directors... Read More

Participation in the Luncheon Held by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Arabia for the Ambassadors and Their Spouses in Ankara

22.02.2024

On February 22, 2024, on behalf of DMEDD we participated in the SHOM February Meeting hosted by Rana Abdullah Bahamdan at the residence of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, presenting “Saudi Arabian Cuisine" Read More

Lunch organized by the Lebanese Ambassador to the Ambassador and his spouses in Ankara

10.02.2024

On February 10, 2024, DMEDD had the pleasure of attending a lunch reception hosted by the Lebanese Ambassador and his spouse, Louma Kabalan, at the Lebanese Embassy residence in Ankara. Read More

Visit to Etimesgut Special Education Vocational School

09.02.2024

DMEDD President Şebnem Akçapar and the members of the Executive Board - accompanied by SHOM members - paid a visit to the Etimesgut Special Education Vocational School on February 9, 2024. Read More

Glassification. Hu and New:Now Exhibition Visitsl

08.02.2024

On February 8, 2024, as special guests of the Hungarian Ambassador to Ankara, Victor Matis, and his wife, Selina Sager, we visited the Glassification.Hu exhibition designed by Hungarian glass artists. Read More

Visit to Çubuk Special Education Vocational School

05.02.2024

On February 5, 2024, DMEDD President Şebnem Akçapar, along with the Solidarity Committee, visited Çubuk Special Education Vocational School. Their heartwarming visit aimed to fulfill a student's special need by delivering a much-needed wheelchair. The DMEDD delegation was joined by SHOM members, who generously brought gifts for all the students in the class. It was a day filled with joy, as everyone shared in the happiness of the children returning to school after the semester break. Read More

Assignment Process, Our Children, and Implementation Suggestions for Adaptation Seminar

05.02.2024

Expert psychologist Pınar Daldikler Atatanır delivered a seminar titled "Assignment Process, Our Children, and Implementation Suggestions for Adaptation" on Monday, February 5, 2024, at the Fatin Rüştü Zorlu Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The seminar was organized by DMEDD. Read More

We visited the children receiving treatment in the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Section of Bilkent City Hospital

27.12.2023

On December 27, 2023, we visited the children receiving treatment in the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Section of Bilkent City Hospital, and delivered gift packages prepared for them ahead of the New Year and extended our wishes for healing. Read More

The Civil Society Meetings on the centenary of the Republic

22.12.2023

The Civil Society Meetings on the centenary of the Republic, organised by the General Directorate of Civil Society Relations of the Ministry of the Interior, took place on 22 December 2023. Read More

Gods and Goddesses of Anatolia

18.12.2023

Following the DMEDD Bazaar, the event on "Gods and Goddesses of Anatolia" was held at the Anatolian Civilizations Museum on December 18, 2023, featuring a presentation by Archaeologist Belma Kulaçoğlu. The presentation explored the rich world of beliefs and cultural traditions that have shaped Anatolia from ancient times to the present. Read More

DMEDD Bazaar 2023

10.12.2023

After a four-year hiatus, the DMEDD Bazaar held on Sunday, December 10th, 2023, at the Sheraton Ankara Hotel drew over 4,500 visitors. We are proud of our dedicated members and scholarship recipients who embody the DMEDD spirit played a crucial role in making this event a big success. Read More

DMEDD Bazaar 2023 Information Meeting

28.11.2023

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

21.11.2023

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

18.11.2023

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

11.11.2023

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

08.11.2023

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

01.11.2023

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

21.10.2023

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

12.10.2023

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"

9.10.2023

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"

6.10.2023

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

5.10.2023

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

08.08.2023

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"

18.06.2023

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

16.06.2023

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

08.6.2023

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

05.06.2023

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

03.06.2023

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

31.05.2023

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

30.05.2023

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

23.05.2023

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

12.05.2023

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

10.05.2023

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

9.05.2023

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

23.04.2023

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

14.04.2023

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

12.04.2023

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

8.04.2023

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

3.04.2023

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

DMEDD-TJV Art Event

27.03.2023

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

18.03.2023

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

9.03.2023

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

8.03.2023

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

8.02.2023

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

06.02.2023

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