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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey: Female candidates bring hope for region
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s wife, Emine Erdoğan, who had a meeting with the Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) female deputy candidates over the weekend, told them that they will be the hope of not only Turkish women, but also of...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey: What should women do ?
Political parties have announced deputy candidate lists. Women organizations argue that female deputy candidates were placed in the least likely spots on the lists to be elected and were used like filling materials. Daily Hürriyet dittoed the...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey: More women better politics
With a general election looming, one of Turkey’s top business groups has highlighted the need for greater female representation in national and local politics with a cover story in the latest issue of its magazine. To read the complete...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey: 'More Women, Better Politics,'Says Turkish Business Group
With a general election looming, one of Turkey’s top business groups has highlighted the need for greater female representation in national and local politics with a cover story in the latest issue of its magazine.  “More women, better...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey: Behind the Veil
This week in Istanbul 13 European countries signed a Council of Europe convention on combating violence against women. All 47 members were urged to comply. Turkey pushed hard for the convention, which calls for hotlines, shelters and legal...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey:Headscarf ban again becoming an issue in politics
Merve Kavakci Islam was elected to parliament in 1999, but was prevented from taking her parliamentary oath because she wears a headscarf. Then Kavakci's political party, Virtue [Fazilet Partisi], was shut down for violating the secularist...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey: Female voters will determine outcome of June 12 elections
24.4 million male and 25 million female voters will head to the ballot box on that date. The number of female voters has surpassed that of male voters in Turkey’s past three elections and the same is true for the 2.5 million Turkish citizens...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey: More Turkish women are running for Parliament
Women are likely to increase their share of parliamentary seats in Turkey’s elections on Sunday, but the gender gap remains wide as the EU-hopeful country struggles to overcome patriarchal traditions. “Men want to play politics with men....
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey: Bitter-sweet poll victory for women
The increase in the number of female members of Parliament following Sunday’s election is good news, but not sufficient to ensure strong political representation for women, according to women’s rights activists. “The number of female...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey: replacement of the Ministry of Women and Family Affairs
The decision of the replacement of the Ministry of Women and Family Affairs by the newly established Ministry of Family and Social Policies, came espite massive protest of women organizations and a signature campaign with 3,000 participants...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey: Only one woman minister in new cabinet
Fatma Sahin has a unique position in Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's new cabinet: she is the only woman minister. That represents a drop from the previous cabinet, which included two. Sahin, who is also the first female MP from...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey: Overview of women's "appear" in Turkey's Parliament
Turkey’s political stalemate following the recent elections has overshadowed a key development; the near doubling of women deputies in the Ankara Parliament (Meclis): 14 percent of the Meclis members are now women. This sudden visibility –...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey: new government plans to protect women
The Turkish State Audit Board (DDK) will conduct an in-depth investigation into domestic violence cases and the efficiency of related legal and administrative services. Additionaly, the head of the newly formed Family and Social Policies...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Turkey: Problems faced by Turkey’s women not much different from women in other countries
18 Mar 2012 - In line with the recently recognized International Women’s Day, the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) discussed an important aspect of women’s inequality around the world. The subject of the 56th session of the UNCSW this...
Thursday, April 12, 2012
The Role of National Mechanisms in Promoting Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women: Turkey Experience
The Beijing Platform for Action (1995) continues to point out that the main task of national women's machineries (NWMs) is to support government wide mainstreaming of a gender equality perspective in all policy areas. (para. 201) They should...
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Turkey's Response to the Global Gender Regime
Most would agree that a global gender equality regime has been established (for example CEDAW), but it is less clear how those global gender equality norms ‘travel’ to different localities and interact with local politics, cultural and religious...
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Assessment of National Women's Machineries in Turkey
With the new organizational law, the objectives and duties of the national women's machinery (NW)M have been updated and expanded to focus on building equality for women and men, and to move beyond the elimination of discrimination against women,...
Saturday, November 05, 2011
Regional Forum on Equal Participation in Decision-Making
UNDP is organizing a Regional Forum on Equal Participation in Decision-Making (November 15-17, Istanbul), with co-funding from the UNDP-Japan Women in Development Fund. The Forum will explore opportunities to strengthen the capacities of the...

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