Boyner honored by French distinction
ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
French Ambassador to Turkey, Laurent Bili (R), presents the Legion d’Honneur to the TÜSİAD former president Ümit Boyner during a ceremony. Photo Altan CanÜmit Boyner, former president of Turkey’s top business association TÜSİAD, has been awarded by France’s highest distinction, the Legion d’Honneur.
The French Ambassador to Turkey, Laurent Bili, presented the Legion d’Honneur to Boyner during a ceremony at the French Consulate in Istanbul late Nov. 11. Bili stated Boyner’s efforts for defending women’s rights brought Turkey toward the European Union, thus France, noting she deserved this distinction because of her activities in nongovernmental organizations.
“I accept this distinction as an honor given to civil society that works for participation, equality and solidarity. I appreciate that you have given this honor to me by regarding my efforts in women’s (rights),” said Boyner, who is also a board member of Boyner Holding. She noted that Turkey needs a mental revolution in women’s rights, adding they have to find solutions for women’s human rights in all areas.
TÜSİAD Chairman Muharrem Yılmaz, board member, as well as many other members attended the ceremony.