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Friday, May 25, 2018
Turkey enters electoral process with highest ratio of female parliamentary candidates ever
A total of 904 women from seven political parties are running to become parliamentarians in the June 24 elections, a record in the Republic's history. The number constitutes to 21.5 percent of all candidates running for Parliament. Monday was the...
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Turkish party leader urges women and young people to go into politics
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Aug. 27 called on women and young people to get more involved in politics, on the second day of the ongoing “justice congress” in the northwestern Turkish province of...
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...
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...
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, 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
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...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey: Women's Rights in Turkey: Attitudes Must Change
The need to protect women against violence and trafficking and to improve their educational opportunities were among the issues highlighted in the introduction to the hearing - titled "The role of women in Turkey in social, economic and political...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey:'No legal barriers to becoming MP for headscarf-wearing women’
Founding member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Fatma Bostan Ünsal submitted her application for candidacy for the June 12 election, saying that it was her duty to apply, to represent women wearing headscarves in Turkey....
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey: Women have right to be elected, Turkish platform says
Amid election promises posed by political parties, a group of women formed a movement with the slogan “No headscarf-wearing candidate – No votes,” demanding that political parties in Turkey include headscarf-wearing candidates in their deputy...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey: Majority welcomes headscarved deputies, opınıon poll finds
A recent opinion poll has revealed that an overwhelming majority of the Turkish population favors the election of headscarved women to Parliament as deputies, amidst a heated debate over whether political parties can reach a consensus to allow...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey: Transsexual seeks ruling party nomination
Following the naming of transsexual Öykü Özen as a candidate nominee from the main opposition, another transsexual has applied to run for Parliament from the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP. To read the complete article...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey: “No Women No Cry” for Turkish Politics
With the forthcoming elections of June 2011, the issue of “equal representation of women” in the parliament is back on the agenda.  While many women are being candidates for the elections, they also expect the politicians to nominate them to the...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey: NGO membership paving way to politics for Turkish women
Working in nongovernmental organizations seems to be bringing women closer to politics. A number of NGOs in Turkey are sending their members to Parliament to work for the empowerment of women in the legislative or even executive bodies.   Nine ...