There are over 50,000 mukhtars in the country. Despite a slight increase in the share of women mukhtars over the past few years, women’s groups call for more representation at the local level.
Women make up only about 2.2 percent of the mukhtars, or neighborhood and village heads, in Türkiye, according to data from the Global Equality and Inclusion Network Association.
There are 50,491 mukhtars in Türkiye, the data shows. Over 32,000 of them are in urban neighborhoods, and 18,291 are in villages. Only 1,122 of the mukhtars are women.
Figures from last year show that in the 962 neighborhoods of İstanbul, around 150 of the mukhtars are women. In the districts of BesikBeşiktaş tas and Kadıköy, the percentage of women mukhtars is the highest, with 61 percent and 57 percent of the mukhtars being women, respectively.
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