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People's Democracy Party (HDP) co-chair Figen Yuksekdag speaks at a meeting on Feb. 11, 2015.  (photo by Facebook/@Figen Yüksekdağ)
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Kurdish women’s movement reshapes Turkish politics
The People’s Democracy Party (HDP) has co-chairs for all representative levels. A female and male official share the responsibility. The party is chaired by Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag. The HDP has become...
Amberin Zaman
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Europe’s security body alarmed over Turkish PM’s intimidation of female journalist
Europe’s security body has released a strongly-worded statement voicing concern over the targeting of prominent Turkish journalist Amberin Zaman by presidential hopeful Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. “Dunja...
Monday, July 28, 2014
Women should not laugh in public, Turkish deputy PM says
Women should not laugh out loud in public, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç has said while complaining about “moral corruption” in Turkey.  Speaking during an Eid el-Fitr meeting on July 28, Arınç described his ideal...
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Turkey: women want bigger role in politics
As the deadline for the finalization of Turkey's local election electoral lists draws closer, an association of women's groups has launched a campaign to entice political party leaders to nominate more women as...
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Women Protesters in Turkey Brave Sexual Harassment
On Sept. 11, a story broke about a female student taken into custody at one of the most prestigious universities of Turkey, Middle East Technical University (METU). Ezgi Ozen and her friends were protesting a government...
Monday, September 16, 2013
Gender equality and Turkey’s 2023 goals
2023 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Turkish Republic. The symbolism of this date has led to 2023 being set as the “deadline” for many financial, political, and social targets. However, any growth needs to be...
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Turkish Women Push Back Against Patriarchy
Among the many issues bringing protestors together at Gezi Park, the now-iconic site of struggle in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, is the demand for women’s liberation. Coming from many walks of life and expressing a myriad...
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Turkish politician slams the government for violating women's rights
Fatma Bostan Unsal, one of the founders of the Turkish ruling party Justice and Development Party, asserted that over 13 million women wearing hijab are barred from contesting the parliamentary elections.  A group of 57...
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Turkish Women Underrepresented In Politics
The local elections in March 2014 will have a vital bearing on the future of Turkish politics. The presence of women in the parliament, although still totally inadequate, went up to 14.5 % in the last elections. However...
Friday, January 11, 2013
Washington Post: Role of Syrian women evolves as war rages on
PHOTO: Bradley Secker - Hiba al Haji sits with her mother in a cafe on the outskirts of Antakya, close to Turkey's border with Syria. Hiba distributes humanitarian aid and school supplies to displaced Syrians within...