Rayka Kumru, MSx, M.A

Cultural Advisor & Trainer, Canada

Rayka Kumru is a sexologist, sexuality educator, cultural advisor. She received a BA in Sociology and Critical Studies in Sexuality from The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and holds a Master of Sexology from Curtin University’s School of Public Health in Australia, and Marketing Communication from Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. Her sexology masters dissertation was titled “attitudes towards and experiences of contraception use amongst young people in Turkey”. As a former consultant to the Turkish Ministry of Justice’s Reproductive Health Program, Kumru initiated and taught sexual health, gender studies and sexuality education courses at Yıldız Technical University and Istanbul Kultur University.

She has been invited to over 15 universities and 7 countries to speak about human sexuality, cultural perceptions on sexuality, gender issues, and working with youth and sexuality. Kumru organized World Sexual Health Day in Istanbul, Turkey and worked as one of the coordinators for World Sexual Health Day North America hosted by Stanford University.

Rayka Kumru is a member of the European Federation of Sexology’s Youth Committee, The World Association for Sexual Health, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, and the Association for Struggle Against Sexual Violence.