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Fatma Azgin | BIO

Fatma Azgin was born in Nicosia. She has a degree in Pharmaceutical Studies from Istanbul University. She opened her own pharmacy in 1972 and she started being involved in the Pharmacist Association which was founded in 1959 but was inactive for many years. In 1975, she was elected as a representative of the association in the Parliament. She worked for two years, closely with the leftist group, in promoting democratic and progressive laws.

She devoted her life to activism through the Pharmacist Association, the Green Peace Movement and various women organizations. She has also founded the Turkish Cypriot Conflict Resolution Group with Dr Louise Diamond and together they organized numerous bi-communal workshops in Ledra Palace Hotel as well as abroad. She also received from Fulbright Commission a two months scholarship on Peace Building in San Diego State University. She is also an active member of Helsinki Citi- zen’s Assembly. Azgin is the author of the books Ulviye Mithat work for Feminism in the 1940’s and the Pharmacy Legislation Book, published in 1986.

She is married to journalist Dr. Bekir Azgin and they have two sons Mutlu and Bilge. She still runs her pharmacy in Nicosia and she is also teaching (part time) Pharmacy practice, Pharmacy Legislation Ethics and Deontology at the Cyprus International University.