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Wednesday, September 06, 2023
New accusation to imprisoned Kurdish women politicians: 'producing alcohol in prison'
A lawsuit has been filed against women politicians Ayla Akat Ata, Ayşe Yağcı, Dilek Yağlı, Meryem Adıbelli, and Pervin Oduncu, who are currently detained in the Kobanî trial, on charges of "smuggling prohibited items into a penal institution or...
Monday, August 21, 2023
Türkiye: CHP pledges to increase women's representation in local govts
Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has vowed to nominate a greater number of women candidates in the upcoming municipal polls, while the main opposition party is concurrently preparing to enhance women's participation...
Tuesday, August 08, 2023
Gender equality: Turkish women shatter long-held taboos in leadership
Turkish women have continued to defy norms, breaking barriers in politics, business and the armed forces. These remarkable strides have shattered long-held taboos and a wave of pioneers with headscarves have graced the Turkish political...
Source: Al Jazeera
Friday, June 09, 2023
Who is Hafize Gaye Erkan, Turkey’s new central bank chief?
Hafize Gaye Erkan has been named governor of the Central Bank of Turkey, an institution expected to play a key role in efforts to boost the country’s crisis-hit economy. Erkan becomes the first woman to head the institution after being appointed by...
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a summit organized by AK Party's women's branches, in Istanbul, Turkiye on December 19, 2022 [Mustafa Kamacı - Anadolu Agency]
Friday, May 19, 2023
Women's representation in Turkiye Parliament at highest level in history
Women's representation in the Turkish Parliament will be the highest level in history after Sunday's parliamentary elections, Anadolu News Agency reports. According to the unofficial results, 121 women secured seats in the 600-member Parliament. The...
Source: Turkish Minute
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Women’s representation in Turkey’s new parliament increases to 20 percent but remains low
Among the female candidates who were nominated by political parties for a seat in the Turkish parliament in the May 14 general election, 121 have been elected, corresponding to 20 percent of the 600-seat legislature, the Kronos news website reported...
Nearly three-quarters of respondents to a poll say they would support a woman in their family entering politics, but only 17.4 percent of the deputies elected to the Turkish parliament in 2018 were women [File: Dilara Senkaya/Reuters]
Friday, May 12, 2023
Women face political barriers ahead of Turkey elections
Polling shows that most Turks want more women involved in politics, but their underrepresentation continues. Istanbul, Turkey – A nondescript apartment in Istanbul’s business district is the nerve centre of a drive to propel more women into Turkish...
Hurriyet Daily News
Thursday, April 20, 2023
Türkiye: Low number of female MP candidates stirs reaction
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...
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu met women mukhtars on October 26 in Edirne, northwestern Türkiye. (Photo: AA)
Thursday, November 10, 2022
Only 2 percent of Türkiye's neighborhood and village heads are women
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...
Project brief: Advancing gender equality and women's leadership in political and business life project
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Project brief: Advancing gender equality and women's leadership in political and business life project
This project brief presents a short description of the Advancing Gender Equality and Women's Leadership in Political and Business Life Project implemented by UN Women Turkey with the financial support of Sweden through the Swedish International...
What drives women’s substantive representation in muslim-majority countries? Lessons from Turkey - Sage Journals
Thursday, February 10, 2022
What drives women’s substantive representation in muslim-majority countries? Lessons from Turkey
Although a voluminous literature has studied the substantive representation of women, these studies have largely been confined to advanced democracies. Similarly, studies that focus on the relationship between Islam and women’s rights largely...
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen stands as European Council president Charles Michel, centre, and Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan take seats in Ankara © via REUTERS
Monday, April 12, 2021
EU-Turkey in blame game over ‘sofagate’ after Ursula von der Leyen left standing
Dispute over protocol prompts charges of sexism at meeting in Ankara Turkey and Europe are trading blame over who left the European Commission chief on her feet, in a spat over protocol that has prompted charges of sexism and overshadowed a critical...
Photo | UN Women
Friday, April 09, 2021
An interactive map helps municipalities in building gender responsive services
Purple Map shows women centers, day care centers and gender responsive municipal services of Ankara Metropolitan Municipality. UN Women launched a gender responsive interactive tool called the Purple Map for the women of Ankara, the capital city of...
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Sexist attacks against women in Turkish politics reveal resistance to social change
Women in Turkish politics along with the wives and daughters of politicians have become targets of sexist attacks on social media over the past couple of weeks. Although women in politics tend to receive backlash based on their gender rather than...
Monday, June 29, 2020
Turkish women not represented enough in politics: CHP leader ANKARA
Women in Turkey are not adequately represented in the Turkish political system and civil society associations should impose pressure to secure at least a one third quota through an amendment of the Law on the Political Parties, the leader of the...
Monday, June 01, 2020
UN Women calls women leaders for gender-sensitive Covid-19 response
"Women in Turkey do five times as much domestic and care work than men. The Covid-19 crisis will likely deepen inequalities," says a guide by UN Women. The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women's (UN Women) Turkey...
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Women in Politics 2020 Map: Turkey Ranks 122nd
According to the “Women in Politics 2020” Map prepared by UN Women and IPU, Turkey ranks 138th in the category of women in ministerial positions while it ranks 122nd in the category of women in parliament, marking a degrade of two rankings. Prepared...
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Ravza Kavakçı Kan
Ravza Kavakçı Kan is a Member of Parliament from Turkey and President of the Turkish Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. This interview was conducted in March 2019 in the margins of the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of...

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