Turkish Women Cultural Association (TURKKAD) is the first women civil society organization established in Turkey. It is a cultural association and has close relations with museums, other cultural organizations, universities and civil society organizations through its members. TURKKAD was a huge effort by the great Sufi Samiha Ayverdi together with a group of women writers, and educated but non-working women. In 1966, TURKKAD began its operations, and obtained the status of ‘’non-governmental organization for the benefit of the public’’ in 1970. Turkish Women’s Cultural Association is the first non-governmental organization in this field.