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The average Turkish woman does not yet fully profit from the legislative changes in her daily life. There is an urgent need to speed up implementation and to take further concrete steps. The legislation should be backed up through concrete action plans, strong institutions and sufficient resources. For women to be able to claim rights they have on paper, it is necessary for them to have a degree of economic independence. In Turkey, there is no consistent policy to combat disincentives for women entering the labor market.

 

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Emine Bozkurt
Emine Bozkurt

Emine Bozkurt is Chair of the Board of Advisers of International IDEA. She is also a former Member of European Parliament and rapporteur on women’s rights in Turkey. This article was written in cooperation with Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu, Head of the Political Participation and Representation Programme, International IDEA.

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