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The underrepresentation of women in political decision-making has been a majorproblem for Turkey since the 1960s. Ranking 167th among 189 countries with 4.36percent women in the Turkish national parliament, it is obvious that Turkey hasto ensure women’s “fast-track” access by legislating affi rmative action (quotas).Although still perceived as controversial by some, quotas have proved to be theonly successful way to ensure women’s rapid access to political power and arequite common. A legislative quota is necessary for women to overcome the socialand economical obstacles that prevent them from entering politics in Turkey, andfor the country’s politics to profi t from the rich and unused experience and skillsof women.

 

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