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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
103 women candidates elected to Turkish Parliament in June 24 poll
Ankara – June 25, 2018. A total of 103 women deputies have been elected to the 600-seat Turkey Parliament in the June 24 poll, according to unofficial data compiled from results provided by the state-run Anadolu Agency. In the June 2015 and November...
Friday, May 25, 2018
Turkey enters electoral process with highest ratio of female parliamentary candidates ever
A total of 904 women from seven political parties are running to become parliamentarians in the June 24 elections, a record in the Republic's history. The number constitutes to 21.5 percent of all candidates running for Parliament. Monday was the...
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Turkish party leader urges women and young people to go into politics
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Aug. 27 called on women and young people to get more involved in politics, on the second day of the ongoing “justice congress” in the northwestern Turkish province of...
Monday, October 10, 2016
When Women Lead the Revolution: In a remote corner of Syria, female fighters are taking the battle to ISIS and building a new society at the same time
The Syrian civil war has produced a catalogue of horrors – cities bombed into rubble, the rise of ISIS, refugees fleeing across open seas on makeshift rafts– that have been widely covered in the Western media. During this same time, the dissolution...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
UN Reviews Turkey's Compliance with CEDAW
Turkey’s performance in implementing the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was reviewed by a United Nations committee on July 13, as a Turkish delegation provided official figures and answered the...
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Violence, resistance and commitment to peace define the situation of Kurdish women today
Judith Prat, documentary photographer, has recently published an article on the sustained political struggle of Kurdish women. The article builds upon an interview with Cemile Akgun (vid. Photo) from the association “Mothers for Peace”. After the...
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Women and Politics in Turkey
CaféBabel, the collaborative online magazine created by young Europeans in 2001, published an article on the relationship between women and politics in Turkey. In the article, Seyma Gelen, feminist and researcher transnational electoral sociology at...
Safak Pavey
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Şafak Pavey-Creating history, building a rights culture
As a young Turkish artist, she took a trip of self-discovery while attending film and art school in Zurich, Switzerland. Counting herself fortunate to be able to study abroad, the young woman felt the urge to grab every opportunity she could,...
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 the fastest-growing political...
Monday, September 22, 2014
Beijing +20 National Review, Turkey
The women’s movement which gained impetus during the 1980s, ratification of CEDAW in 1986, establishment of the General Directorate on the Status of Women (GDSW) as a national mechanism in 1990 has greatly contributed to the active participation of...
Monday, September 22, 2014
Beijing +20 National review, Georgia
Georgia became an independent state in 1991. Since independence, Georgia has made efforts to improve the situation of women, but these efforts must be reviewed against the larger political context. For more than 15 years, Georgia has been struggling...
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 of the chaste man or woman,...
Friday, February 14, 2014
Women's rights in Turkey
Turkey has often been at the forefront of women's rights in the Middle East. But the recent rhetoric of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and more conservative social norms encouraged by the Justice and Development Party (or AKP), have raised...
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Where is women’s place in local government in 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...
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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...
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 candidates in 2014 elections. "We are...
Friday, November 15, 2013
Turkish Parliament lifts ban on trousers for female lawmakers
Female lawmakers will now be able to enter the General Assembly meetings wearing trousers, after a controversial prohibition was lifted in the sequel to the removal of the ban on headscarves. The debate about the ban on trousers was brought forward...
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Course: Gender and Revolutions: Rethinking the “Women Question” in the Modern Middle East
Female reformers and revolutionaries were at the forefront of many of the Middle East’s historic sociopolitical movements. These women, members of diverse classes, religious persuasions, and ethnic communities, played key roles in toppling dictators...