Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

 

While many significant institutional and legal improvements have been realized in the last two decades in Turkey, women have continued to experience significant setbacks. Turkey’s commendable economic development does not always benefit men and women equally. As a review of a range of indices reveals, Turkey’s ranking in terms of women’s economic opportunity and participation is low. The rise in religious conservatism risks rolling back   women’s rights that had been attained painstakingly. While the educational participation of women and girls had not yet reached desired levels, changes made in the education policy in March 2012 are expected to negatively affect girls’ school attendance after the first four years of schooling.  The promotion of larger families is another dimension of this political atmosphere. 
 
 
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Selma Acuner
Selma Acuner
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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