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Women in Turkey: Prospects and Challenges, Spring 2007

Women in Turkey: Prospects and Challenges, Spring 2007

  Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, women have been central to its image as viewed from abroad. They have also fi gured strongly into competing visions among domestic political groups. With this issue of TPQ we hope to look beyond the symbolism women have come to represent and identify real life trends women in Turkey are experiencing – along with their implications for economic development, human rights, and the consolidation of Turkish democracy.  Please click here to read the...

Nigâr Göksel | 05 June 2007

Women's Rigts in Turkey, Spring 2007

Women's Rigts in Turkey, Spring 2007

Women in Turkey are pleased to know that women’s rights and gender equality is avery important part of the acquis communautaire and that any country that wants to become a member of the EU has to adopt the principles of the acquis. Complyingwith the norms of the EU will bring many benefits to Turkey and, without a doubt, will also benefit the EU. In this new century of rapid global transformations, women still face inequalities in fields such as education, health, employment and...

Nimet Çubukçu | 05 June 2007

Women's Human Rights: Turkey's Way To Europe, Spring 2007

Women's Human Rights: Turkey's Way To Europe, Spring 2007

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...

Emine Bozkurt | 05 June 2007

From A Men's Democracy Towards A Real Democracy, Spring 2007

From A Men's Democracy Towards A Real Democracy, Spring 2007

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...

Selen Lermioğlu Yılmaz | 05 June 2007

Interview With Karita Bekkemellem: Gender Equality in The Workforce, Spring 2007

Interview With Karita Bekkemellem: Gender Equality in The Workforce, Spring 2007

In 2004, Norway introduced a 40 percent gender representation quota for the board members of state owned companies and privately owned public limited companies. In this interview with TPQ, the Minister who has led this initiative explains why this was necessary and articulates where the future lies for gender  equality in the country. “The silliest thing I hear is that we don’t have enough qualified women. In Norway,there are a high number of women in paid work and Norwegian...

Karita Bekkemellem | 05 June 2007

Turkish Women: A Century of Change, Spring 2007

Turkish Women: A Century of Change, Spring 2007

This article aims to present a few of the individuals who have shaped the women’smovement in Turkey, to make some voices heard, and to inspire curiosity that willlead the reader to want to explore the work of Turkish women historians and womenactivists themselves. The colorful differences which enrich the women’s movementin Turkey are depicted with references to their work and their opinions.In the 1970s the international women’s history movement was launched.Books –such as “Hidden from...

Katharina Knaus | 05 June 2007

Empowering Women in Turkey: A Priority in the Pre-Accession Process, Spring 2007

Empowering Women in Turkey: A Priority in the Pre-Accession Process, Spring 2007

Empowering women must be a priority in the pre-accession process and all stake-holders must be mobilized to ensure effective progress and implementation on the ground of the new rights. This means strengthening the administrative capacity of relevant bodies and appropriate structures to monitor women’s situation. Member States have a lot to share with Turkey and exchanges of best practices in different fields will enable the various actors to face the challenges brought by the need to adapt the...

Vladimir Spidla | 05 June 2007

The Disqualification of Women Wearing the Headscarf in Turkey, Spring 2007

The Disqualification of Women Wearing the Headscarf in Turkey, Spring 2007

The author presents an outline of the last two decades of the headscarf controversy in Turkey, from the perspective of a ‘religious feminist’. She questions not only the intentions of those who present the headscarf as a threat, but also the sincerity of the government in wanting women with headscarves to fully join public life. The author explains how the headscarf is not necessarily a part of package that includes different forms of degradation of women, as much as cases like...

Hidayet Şefkatli Tuksal | 05 June 2007

Imagining a New World, Spring 2007

Imagining a New World, Spring 2007

This article is a call from the heart of Southeast Anatolia, from a woman who has been working with women facing violence in the region for approximately 14 years. The author shares her insights about the larger social system that renders violence a part of daily life, defining who we are. Akkoç sees the alternative of hierarchy, discrimination, and violence in an outlook that allows people to be individuals, free to make their own choices. The solution to violence against women lies in...

Nebahat Akkoç | 05 June 2007

The EU's Influence on Women's Activist Groups on Networking: A Comparison Between Turkey and Greece, Spring 2007

The EU's Influence on Women's Activist Groups on Networking: A Comparison Between Turkey and Greece, Spring 2007

This paper investigates whether the European Union (EU) membership and/or reparation for membership creates new opportunities for better networking, collaboration, and communication among women’s activist groups. The case of Turkey and Greece are taken up to examine how women’s activist groups use the process of EU negotiations to construct stronger networks for improving genderrelated policies and discourse in their countries. In this context, the limitations of the EU are also...

Hande Eslen Ziya | 05 June 2007

Women in America: The Other Fifty Percent, Spring 2007

Women in America: The Other Fifty Percent, Spring 2007

Historically, if you were not a property owning white male you did not have the right to vote in America. The decision to allow women the right to vote, after a long struggle, in 1920, was a key turning point in the transformation of the American democratic experience. The challenge from then on, of making this right meaningful across America, through changing mindsets and training women, was left, for the most part, on the shoulders of civil society. To secure a higher representation of the...

Christina Bache Fidan | 05 June 2007

ESI Report - Is Reality Changing for Women in Turkey?

ESI Report - Is Reality Changing for Women in Turkey?

  Over the past 18 months, a team of ESI analysts has been researching the chang-ing reality of women in Turkey.  We talked to dozens of Turkish politicians, activ-ists, academics and businesspeople.  Our research took us from women’s shelters in wealthy areas of Istanbul, through the growing urban centres in Turkey’s south-east, to small towns near the Iranian border.  We sought to answer two questions: what are the root causes of Turkey’s vast...

Turkish Policy Quarterly | 05 June 2007

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FROM THE DESK OF THE EDITOR
From The Desk Of The Editor This issue of TPQ comes at a time when global instability is arguably at its highest point since the end of World War II. The Western-led liberal world order that emerged in its wake, anchored by NATO and bolstered by multilateral institutions such as the European Union and the World Bank is fraying, and the principles upon which the order was founded are being undermined. Furthermore, the...
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