Where is women’s place in local government?, Turkey

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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, aiming to give Turkish women earn the place they deserve, based on the 1926 dated Civil Law, granted suffrage to Turkish women in 1930 in local elections. Next, in 1932, Turkish women were given the right to be elected muhtar (village head), as well as become members of village councils. Finally, on Dec. 5, 1934, women were given the right to elect and be elected. 

Thus, since Dec. 5, 1934 Turkish women have begun finding places for themselves within Turkish political life. 

However, starting from Parliament to local government, the percentage of women is still quite low.

We invite our users to read the complete article published December 10th 2013 

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