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Number of Women, Fighting the Election in Turkey is Very Limited

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 19:08

As the day of local election in Turkey is approaching, many female organizations throughout a country started to pay closer attention to the presence in the lists of candidates from different political parties of representatives of fair sex. According to the lists published, at the coming elections on the 30th of March there will be quite little women among candidates from political parties. According to the opinion of female organizations, this factor is an extra evidence of gender inequality, existing in Turkey.

The only political party – the Peace and Democracy Party, which is a pro-Kurdish political organization, gives at the local election 44.5 percent of seats to women candidates. This is reported by the web-site “Women’s Coalition”, which also points out the fact, that other political powers have far less women among their candidates. For example, a ruling party of Turkey – the Justice and Development Party adopts only 1.23 percent of women, while the Nationalist Movement Party – only 1.12 percent. A bit more women stand as candidates from the Republican People’s Party – about 4 percent.
As the “Women’s Coalition” reported, the Peace and Democracy Party in this context, as a mark of protest against gender inequality, made a decision not to admit bids from those men, who are married more than one woman. Moreover, the party decided not to take a fee from women, who would stand for election. This financial contribution is a tender spot, a barrier, which prevents them from participation in an election.
Also it was reported that only two women are going to run for mayor in large cities. They are the Minister of Family and Social Policy Fatima Shahin in Gaziantep (AKP) and Gulten Kisanak (PDP) in Diyarbakır.



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