The women’s movement which gained impetus during the 1980s, ratification of CEDAW in 1986,
establishment of the General Directorate on the Status of Women (GDSW) as a national mechanism in
1990 has greatly contributed to the active participation of Turkey to the approval of the Beijing
Declaration and Platform for Action processes in 1995.
Turkey has submitted and defended its first CEDAW Country Report in 1990, the Second and Third
Combined Reports in 1997, Fourth and Fifth Combined Reports Periodic Reports in 2005, Sixth Periodic
Report in 2010 to the CEDAW Committee. The Interim Report requested by the CEDAW Committee was
submitted to the Committee in 2012.
The Optional Protocol prepared in line with the CEDAW Convention was approved by Turkey on July 30,
2002 and came into force on February 29, 2003.