Doğan Holding Chairwoman Begümhan Doğan Faralyalı has called for unity behind Turkey’s common values, emphasizing the significance of widening an environment of “trust and good intentions” based on “commonalities and shared values.”
“Polarization in Turkey, ongoing for a while, has come to a point where it affects our daily lives. We have become unable to talk about the core of any issue. As a society we need to recall and develop the glue that ties us to each other,” Doğan Faralyalı said, referring to a recent survey carried out in Turkey.
“When asked whether they would trust a stranger in front of them, nine out of every 10 people say ‘no.’ In northern European countries only one or two in every 10 people say the same,” she added.
Doğan Faralyalı noted that the social and political unity in the days after the July 15 coup attempt marked an “exception” to the dominant polarization in Turkey.
“The common attitude we put out as a nation in the aftermath of the coup attempt showed that democracy is our common value. This is a very important attitude that needs to be sustained for our national unity,” said Doğan Faralyalı, adding that it was disappointing that a coup attempt was needed in order to “remember our shared values.”
She said the new “Shared Values Movement” project was the result of a year of work aimed at making “shared values discussed, remembered, cared for and progressively developed throughout Tukey once again.”
Giving an example of Turkey’s “shared values,” Doğan Faralyalı referred to “a slim-waisted glass of tea and simit [a traditional Turkish pastry], helping whoever is in need, neighborhood, and compassion.”
“A police officer from Adana, a prosecutor from Gaziantep, and a housewife from Istanbul” all want similar things for their children, she added. “If we start the path from good intention and trust, we can dream of a common Turkey that all of us would want to live in.”
Elaborating on the details of the project, the Doğan Holding chairwoman said they received very positive initial feedback when they started asking people across Turkey: “What are our commonalities?”
In the second step they carried out extensive field research in order to find answers to the following questions: “What are your individual values?” “What are the values you see in society?” and “What are the values that you want to see in society?”
The results of the research will be published on Oct. 29, National Republic Day, Doğan Faralyalı said.