Street named after Turkey’s first female doctor in Germany

A street in Dortmund, Germany was named after Turkey’s first female medical doctor Safiye Ali, who graduated from the University of Wülzburg at the top of her class.

A street in the German city of Dortmund was named after Safiye Ali, Turkey’s first female medical doctor who graduated from the University of Wülzburg with first place.

The ceremony held on the street named after Safiye Ali in Germany was attended by Taylan Aydın, Turkey’s Consul General in Essen, local administrators of the city, representatives of political parties and non-governmental organizations.


In the speeches at the ceremony, the life of Safiye Ali, Turkey’s first female medical doctor, who studied medicine in Germany during World War I, worked as a doctor in Germany during World War II and died in Dortmund, was explained.

Dortmund City Councilor Emre Güleç stated that the Dortmund Municipality showed great interest in Safiye Ali’s grave after they identified her grave two years ago.


Stating that the Dortmund Municipality both initiated the construction of the grave and launched the “Safiye Ali Medicine Award”, Güleç made the following assessment:

“Previously, this street was named after a Nazi officer who served in World War II. We are proud and very happy that this street in our city was renamed after Safiye Ali. Safiye Ali set an example for both Turkish and German society with her work on women’s rights and her work in the field of medicine.”

Stating that Dortmund Municipality will give the “Safiye Ali Medicine Award” for the first time in 2024, Güleç noted that Ali’s burial work is about to be completed.

Ece Nagihan

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