Türkiye: Low number of female MP candidates stirs reaction
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Nongovernmental organizations and activists struggling for equal representation of women in politics and social life have criticized the low number of women on political parties’ parliamentary candidate lists, describing it as “dishonorable.”
The lists of parliamentary candidates were a big disappointment in terms of gender equality, said Nuray Karaoğlu, the head of the Association for Supporting Women Candidates (KA-DER), criticizing the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) for including only 113 and 147 women, respectively, in the 600-person list.
“Though 50.7 percent of Türkiye is women, this rate is only 17.2 percent for deputies. We are fighting to get the seats that are already ours,” Karaoğlu said. “The demand of women, who struggle in all areas of life, to govern the country equally was once again ignored by men.”
Click here to read the full article published by The Hurriyet Daily News on 12 April 2023.