Professor Zehra Arat received the Distinguished Scholar award from the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association at a reception held in Washington, DC in September. The award recognizes an individual who has worked in the field of human rights and made an exceptional contribution to the field through research, teaching and mentorship.
Dr. Arat has been actively involved in the interdisciplinary field of human rights and established the APSA Section on Human Rights ten years ago and served as its Founding President. She has chaired the Human Rights Research committee of the International Political Science association since 2006.
Her research addresses a range of issues including women's rights, democracy and human rights, human rights in Turkey, the European Union's approach to globalizaton and child labor.
She particiapted in the Amnestry International Campaign to stop violence against women as a speaker and has discussed violence against women as a human rights issue at various colleges, high schools and community centers. At the request of the Turkish Grand National assembly, she issued and submitted a report on honor killings and other forms of family violence against women and children in 2005. She is the author of numerous papers and several books. Dr. Arat is currently researching the human rights discourse and practices in Turkey since the establishment of the republic.