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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Where is women’s place in local government?, Turkey
Dec. 5 was the 79th anniversary of the day Turkish women were granted the right to vote and to be elected.  The confusion in the domestic and external agenda caused this gain to be celebrated less than it deserved.  Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and friends...
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Turkey: women want bigger role in politics
As the deadline for the finalization of Turkey's local election electoral lists draws closer, an association of women's groups has launched a campaign to entice political party leaders to nominate more women as candidates in 2014 elections. "We are...
Friday, November 15, 2013
Turkish Parliament lifts ban on trousers for female lawmakers
Female lawmakers will now be able to enter the General Assembly meetings wearing trousers, after a controversial prohibition was lifted in the sequel to the removal of the ban on headscarves. The debate about the ban on trousers was brought forward...
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Course: Gender and Revolutions: Rethinking the “Women Question” in the Modern Middle East
Female reformers and revolutionaries were at the forefront of many of the Middle East’s historic sociopolitical movements. These women, members of diverse classes, religious persuasions, and ethnic communities, played key roles in toppling dictators...
Arab Spring
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Beyond Revolution: The Future of Women's Rights and Democracy in the Middle East-North Africa
Beyond Revolution: The Future of Women's Rights and Democracy in the Middle East-North Africa  4:15 PM – 7:00 PM, October 22th, 2013at Johns Hopkins University's Rome Auditorium1619 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, D.C.Seats are limited | Register...
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Women Protesters in Turkey Brave Sexual Harassment
On Sept. 11, a story broke about a female student taken into custody at one of the most prestigious universities of Turkey, Middle East Technical University (METU). Ezgi Ozen and her friends were protesting a government road project that may destroy...
Monday, September 16, 2013
Gender equality and Turkey’s 2023 goals
2023 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Turkish Republic. The symbolism of this date has led to 2023 being set as the “deadline” for many financial, political, and social targets. However, any growth needs to be social for it to be sustainable....
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Turkish Women Push Back Against Patriarchy
Among the many issues bringing protestors together at Gezi Park, the now-iconic site of struggle in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, is the demand for women’s liberation. Coming from many walks of life and expressing a myriad of ideals and values, the...
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Turkish politician slams the government for violating women's rights
Fatma Bostan Unsal, one of the founders of the Turkish ruling party Justice and Development Party, asserted that over 13 million women wearing hijab are barred from contesting the parliamentary elections.  A group of 57 women including journalists,...
Friday, June 28, 2013
TURKEY IN TURMOIL: IT’S A WOMEN’S THING
The photo of a woman in a red dress—her dark hair aswirl as police blast her full in the face with pepper spray—has become an international symbol of Turkey's recent protests. And with good reason: The month-long demonstrations are in many ways a...
Friday, June 14, 2013
Turkish Protests Rattle Erdogan's Female Loyalists
While Erdogan has agreed to meet today with the protest leaders, many expect the demonstrations to escalate after police entered Gezi Park Tuesday, flinging gas canisters and shooting rubber bullets at demonstrators, despite the Istanbul governor's...
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Turkish Women Underrepresented In Politics
The local elections in March 2014 will have a vital bearing on the future of Turkish politics. The presence of women in the parliament, although still totally inadequate, went up to 14.5 % in the last elections. However, the status of women in local...
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Turkey: A Woman, a Kurd, and an Optimist
Leyla Zana: Married at 14 to Mehdi Zana, a political Kurd some 20 years her senior who became mayor of Diyarbakir and spent 16 years in jail after the 1980 military coup, she found herself the single mother of two children. Learning Turkish with...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Violence against women in politics
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Campaign for More Women MPs in Turkey
Women activists in Turkey launched a new campaign aimed at increasing the number of women elected to parliament. The campaign depicts the patriarchal society in Turkey by featuring well-known women wearing false moustaches. For more information,...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkish Women Gain Voice In Fight To Stay Secular
Turkish women are on the street protesting as never before as the fight to preserve Turkey's secular status gives them a louder political voice that could translate into parliamentary seats in this summer's elections. For more information...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
ESI chairs round table in Istanbul on women in Turkey with Madeleine Albright as guest speaker
On July 2nd, ESI Analyst and TPQ Editor Nigar Göksel chaired a roundtable meeting organized by the ARI Movement in Istanbul's Bilgi University on women in Turkey with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as guest speaker. Other...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey: Women Condemn Turkey Constitution
Women's groups in Turkey have condemned a new draft constitution, saying it sets the country back years in terms of gender equality. The document describes women as a vulnerable group needing protection. To read the full article, please...