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"Women and LGBT Rights in Turkey - Progressing or Regressing?"

Date: 6 November 2013, Time: 10:00-16:00
Venue: Troy Hall, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Istanbul

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On 6 November 2013, Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ) held a seminar to debate the trends in women’s and LGBT individuals’ rights in Turkey with a wide range of activists, decision makers, and journalists. This event, which was made possible with support from the MATRA Fund of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Istanbul, featured discussion on topical issues such as European benchmarks for LGBT and women’s rights, Turkey’s polarization as it relates to clothing and lifestyle choices of women, and law enforcement problems faced by LGBTs. This review aims to capture the expertise shared and recommendations voiced. It concludes that mainstreaming women and LGBT rights in every policy area is the only solution to discrimination.

 

Please click here to read the analysis of this seminar.

First Session: Women’s Rights in Turkey
Moderator: Selen Lermioğlu Yılmaz, Women’s Rights Activist
Emine Bozkurt,  Member of the European Parliament, Dutch Labour Party / European Parliament’s Rapporteur on Women’s Rights in Turkey
Aylin Nazlıaka, Member of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, Republican People’s Party
Fatma Bostan Ünsal, Lecturer, Muş Alparslan University
Hülya Gülbahar, Lawyer / Representative of the Women’s Constitution Platform  

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Second Session: LGBT Freedoms in Turkey
Moderator: Diba Nigar Göksel,  Editor-in-Chief, Turkish Policy Quarterly
Emine Bozkurt,  Member of the European Parliament, Dutch Labour Party / European Parliament’s Rapporteur on Women’s Rights in Turkey
Binnaz Toprak, Member of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, Republican People’s Party
Serdar Manavoğlu, Former Policy Advisor on Emancipation, Diversity, and “Honor” Crimes at the Municipality of Amsterdam, Promoter and Programmer of Paradiso Amsterdam
Yasemin Öz, Lawyer, Deputy Chairperson of Kaos GL
Rojda Tekin, Spokesperson, Anti-Capitalist Muslims  

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