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Canadian Judge Suspends Quebec Niqab Ban
Publisher under Fire for Bias against Headscarved Women
More Women to Join Peacekeeping Force
the Filipina Woman, on Trial in UAE for Insulting Islam on Instagram
behind Arab Women’s Sports Tournament Feted
First — Women Drivers Can Accept Male Clients
For Love Online, Indonesian Maids Vulnerable To Being Recruited By Islamic
Gathering of Iranians in Paris: Women Dignitaries Lend Support
Parliament Welcomes More Women in Politics to Improve Turkey’s Governance
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Raj and Sania Mirza Speak About Gender Equality at UN India Women's Anthem
Wednesday evening, the auditorium at an institute in Matunga was full of
gripping and inspiring stories of women from different sections of society. The
event was the launch of the UN Women India’s anthem 'Mujhe Haq Hai'. The video,
which left the audience moist-eyed and cheering for those present in the room,
urged women to take that leap of faith.
video features actresses Waheeda Rehman, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kriti Sanon,
Sakshi Tanwar, Jennifer Winget, sportswomen Sania Mirza, Mithali Raj,
10-year-old prodigy Tajamul Islam, Deepa Malik, Manika Batra, women’s rights
activists Meera Khanna, elective representative, Andhra Pradesh Mylapalli
Lakshmi, singers Asha Bhosle, Alka Yagnik and Neeti Mohan, among several
about women in sports, cricketer Mithali Raj, who was present at the event,
said, “It hasn’t been an easy experience. Cricket has always been a
male-dominated sport, but things have changed only recently after the World
Cup. I’ve started seeing many girls playing cricket now. My message to women is
that it’s important to be self-reliant and financially independent, as that
gives you the confidence to take on the world. Once a woman is confident, she
is capable of emotionally supporting herself. Our parents have been
revolutionists and have helped us in shaping our identities. Besides, everybody
deserves to be successful and have a shot at fame.”
motive behind the campaign is to give women the right to choose with no fear of
judgement and backlash. While sharing her story, tennis champ Sania Mirza said,
“People talk in whispers about inequality, it’s not really come out in the
open. Being a part of the campaign is everything I have always believed in and
it’s an absolute honour for me to try and make a change. I’ll be happy if I’m able
to bring about a transformation even in one person or a family by talking or
interacting with them.”
rights activist Meera Khanna, who has been working for the cause for the last
two decades, spoke about how the birth of her first child — a girl — motivated
her to take up the cause. Talking about how the movement has changed over the
course of time, she said, “From a welfare-based approach, it’s now a
rights-based approach. As human beings, we have the right to choose and it’s a
part of our right to live. One can’t live with dignity without that.”
Arko Pravo Mukherjee was the only male celeb among the women achievers at the
event. Having worked on the anthem, he said, “It’s a special one for me.
Sharing the stage with some fantastic women has been absolutely worth it. It’s
not every day that you work for something like this.”
star of the evening, however, was the extremely adorable kickboxing champ
Tajamul, who humoured the audience with her story. She said, “Kehte hain ki
ladki ke liye saari duniya banaayi gayee hai. Agar unhe hi peechay rakhenge toh
kaam kaise chalega? Parents ladkiyon ko bahut zyaada support karen. Unhe
freedom mile choose karne ka; unki life hai, unhe jeene do aur ladkiyon ko
ladkon se oopar hi samjho.”
second Canadian judge suspended Quebec’s ban on face-coverings on Thursday,
handing a victory to the law’s opponents who have challenged it on grounds that
it discriminates against Muslim women and violates constitutional rights.
ban, which forbids face-coverings on anyone giving or receiving public
services, was enacted last October. It affects everyone from teachers and
students to hospital employees, police officers, bus drivers and transit users
in the mostly French-speaking province.
the law does not single out any religion by name, debate has focused on the
niqab, a full-face veil worn by a small minority of Muslim women.
judge in December suspended the ban until the provincial government crafted
regulations. The completed regulations, which included arrangements for individuals
to obtain religious exemptions, were poised to take effect on Sunday.
another judge on Thursday deemed the new rules confusing and ambiguous and
suspended implementation again while the court challenge goes ahead. Quebec
Superior Court Judge Marc-Andre Blanchard wrote in his ruling that the law
appeared on its face to violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,
adding it could cause Muslim women “irreparable harm.”
Liberal government has defended the law, saying it does not discriminate
against Muslim women and is necessary for reasons of security, identification
and communication. The act’s name refers to “religious neutrality” and
“accommodations on religious grounds.”
say it targets a visible minority that has been subject to threats and
violence. Quebec had about 243,000 Muslims as of 2011, according to Statistics
Canada, out of a population of 8 million.
January 2017, a gunman walked into a Quebec City mosque and shot six people to
death. A French-Canadian university student has pleaded guilty.
on the latest ruling, lawyer Catherine McKenzie, who represents the plaintiffs,
said: “I would hope the takeaway is that the courts are still there to protect
and defend citizens against government action that doesn’t pass constitutional
Belgium, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and the German state of Bavaria have imposed
restrictions on the wearing of full-face veils in public places. Denmark plans
to institute its own ban.
job advertisement barring headscarf-wearing applicants stirred up controversy
for Destek Yayıncılık, an Istanbul-based publisher of popular titles. The
online ad for accounting and finance personnel says only women can apply for
the position and says "CVs sent by türban-wearing women and men will not
be put into consideration," using a derogatory term for headscarf.As the
outrage against the company piled up on social media sites, Destek Media Group,
the parent company of the publisher, released a statement and blamed an unnamed
recruitment employee for the ad.The ad would have likely been downplayed in the
late 1990s and early 2000s when an extremely secular elite ruled the
Muslim-majority country and openly targeted women wearing headscarves.
it received a barrage of criticism yesterday when it surfaced, with people
decrying the mindset resembling the "February 28 process," in
reference to the 1997 coup that came amid the abovementioned witch hunt against
Muslim women. "How backward this is! These people should be reminded in
which age they live in!" a social media user wrote. Another user vowed
"not to buy any books published by Destek," while yet another user
wrote "How fascist you are!" Nedim Şener, a prominent journalist
whose books were published by the company, described the ad as
"ridiculous" before retweeting the publisher's statement.
company said in a press statement that the administration was "not
aware" of the ad and was not "informed about it" before the ad
surfaced online. "We have a policy that does not accept any discrimination
based on political views, faith, gender, etc. An employee responsible for
posting ads sabotaged them and led us to this dire situation," the company
said, adding that the responsible employee was fired and the company restricted
posting of ads without the approval of the company's administration. The company
also apologized to the "people we upset."
to Daily Sabah, Destek's owner Yelda Cumalıoğlu said the job ad was "the
work of an employee sabotaging [the company]." She noted that the company
already had headscarf-wearing personnel, including an administrator and a
reception clerk, and they already published books by headscarf-wearing writers.
Cumalıoğlu said they have "launched a legal process" against the
employee responsible for the ad.
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that his country is proud of its
contribution to peacekeeping forces stationed in African countries with 3,000
Egyptian men and women spread across the Congo, Mali, the Central African
Republic and Darfur.
a speech to mark the foreign ministry’s celebration of Peace Day, Shoukry said
Egypt is proud to be training its peacekeeping forces in preparation for the
increasing of its size and also in preparation for a rise in the number of
women joining its ranks.
said that the peacekeeping community is working towards confronting complex and
serious matters to create peace, primarily through political solutions in areas
Filipina woman denied the charge when she appeared in court.
amateur singer went on trial in Abu Dhabi accused of posting a blasphemous
video on Instagram.
prosecutors in Abu Dhabi referred the Filipina woman to the Criminal Court of
First Instance after cybercrime officials spotted the video that was deemed
insulting to Islam.
video, which was posted on Instagram by the singer, showed her singing and
pointing her left hand to a mosque that is visible in the backgrounds according
charged the Filipina with blasphemy. She, however, denied the charge when she
appeared in court.
lawyer Nashwa Al Qubaisi argued that the charges pressed against her client
were unreasonable and that there was no criminality in her actions.
argued that there was not enough evidence presented by prosecutors to prove
that her client had intentions of insulting Islam through her video.
lawyer had handed the judge a comprehensive document containing her client's
defence and also asked that the woman be cleared of the charges because she was
Organisers of February’s Fourth Arab Women’s Sports Tournament (AWST) honoured
those who contributed to the success of the event at the Al Jawaher Reception
and Convention Centre on Wednesday.
ceremony was attended by Shaikh Saqr Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, chairman of
Sharjah Sports Council, and Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Bin Sultan Al Qasimi,
chairman of the AWST organising committee.
the ceremony, organisers recommended improvements for the fifth edition to be
held in 2020, such as increasing participation, strengthening media ties and
collaborating with experts. Over 1,000 athletes from 67 clubs across 16
countries took part in the most recent edition of the tournament in February.
Khalid said: “Sharjah has established itself as an ideal destination for many
cultural and sporting events throughout the year. By hosting this outstanding
tournament, the emirate continues to add new milestones to its rich portfolio
of achievements and reaffirms its supportive stand towards women in sporting,
educational, health and professional spheres.
will stop at nothing to carry on with its journey of women’s empowerment in
sports — its achievement goes beyond organising a successful tournament. The
emirate has excelled in achieving an integrated and effective working
relationship with various public and private organisations and departments.
This highlights the emirate’s leading position in organising and hosting major
events and activities in compliance with the highest international standards.”
Saudi Public Transport Authority has confirmed that Saudi women who have a
regular driver’s license, own a car and fulfill all requirements can register
in one of the licensed ride-hailing or transportation companies, and start
working without having to specify the gender of the client.
authority pointed out that there is no distinction between men and women behind
the driver’s wheel, according to a statement published by the authority on its
official account on Twitter, Al Arabiya English reported.
statement also denied reports circulated on social media about banning women
from working in the transportation sector through smart applications, or
banning these female drivers from transporting male passengers during their
shifts in those companies.
the first female captains for ride hailing apps Careem and Uber have officially
started picking up customers.
Farahat, Careem's first Saudi female captain, has a degree in health quality
assurance and owns her own quality assurance consultancy company. Yet, she
still finds the time to work as a Careem driver to prove to the world that a
Saudi woman is able to work in any field and excel in it.
a woman, many of the women passengers will feel safer with me because I know
what are the things that bother them about male drivers. I was warned by
Careem’s trainer about the harassment drivers could face. I found great support
at the company itself. There is a protocol to follow if the passenger does
anything inappropriate,” said Farahat.
LUMPUR: Indonesian maid Ika Puspitasari was earning good money and, by some
account, had a “glamorous life” within her own community while working in Hong
Kong in 2016.
the domestic helper, who had previously worked in Malaysia, felt lonely, bored
and “empty” with her single status in Hong Kong.
to Facebook in search of meaning and companionship, she stumbled upon a news
report of a church bombing in Solo, Central Java in 2011 which someone had
posted. She started commenting on it.
comments drew the attention of pro-Islamic State (IS) militants in Indonesia
from a group called Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD). They contacted her and soon
she was invited into JAD’s Telegram channel.
then on, they had her in their thrall. She started donating money to their
cause. She later married an Indonesian IS member online and agreed to be a
the Indonesian diaspora there is a cluster of people who are agreeble to become
suicide bombers,” said Indonesian counter-terrorism expert and documentary
film-maker Noor Huda Ismail.
is also the founder of the Institute for International Peace Building, a
non-governmental organisation established in January 2008 in response to threat
is featured in Huda’s latest documentary called Pengantin, which means bride.
The word bride is a codeword for “suicide bombers’ in Indonesian jihadi
documentary also features another female suicide bomber, Dian Yulia Nova, 32,
who was jailed for seven years for plotting to blow herself up outside
Jakarta’s presidential palace during the changing of the guard in 2016.
worked as a maid first in Singapore and later in Taiwan. It was in Taiwan that
she became radicalised online and later married a pro-IS militant who turned
her into a suicide bomber. Her husband was also responsible for recruiting Ika.
are many cases of maids falling in love online, including those working in Hong
Kong. Many of them get conned. By coincidence, those who con them are
terrorists,” said Huda.
want to highlight here that we have a problem,” said Huda.
(documentary) is a simple story about three women searching for love on social
media. Two of them ended up with problematic men while the third was successful
in marrying a decent man,” said Huda.
made this film for these women (migrant women), to warn them that whatever they
read and encounter on social media, please verify it. Don’t believe everything
you read online,” said Huda.
to the World Bank, Indonesia has 6.5 million migrants workers, 78 per cent of
MAIDS WORKING OVERSEAS TARGETTED BY MILITANTS
maids working overseas, especially in developed societies like Hong Kong, are
vulnerable to recruitment by Islamic State as they are seen as potential
sources of “funds” as they enjoy good
salaries and have a steady income flow.
of the important messages in the film is that, since they (maids) have money,
they have to be careful,” said Huda.
provides independence, self-confidence, but it also provides possible risks
because they will be seen and approached by irresponsible men who offer love
and protection,” said Huda.
(militants) just want to use them, especially their money. Marriage is one of
the ways to gain control (of the women).“
the numbers are not large.
estimated 45 out of 150,000 Indonesian domestic helpers in Hong Kong are
involved in pro-Islamic State (IS) activities, from funding air tickets to
Syria to marrying militant fighters online, according to a 2017 report by the
Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC).
the women’s vulnerability to men offering them so-called love and marriage is
the Indonesian culture where marriage is seen as a status symbol for women.
Indonesian women, marriage provides for them not only a partner but social
status,” said Huda.
SUB-CULTURE VIEWS RELIGIOUS MEN AS BEING OF HIGH STATUS
in secular societies like Hong Kong, where the culture and way of life is
vastly different to that of Indonesia, renders a sense of dislocation on an
sense of dislocation often times propel them to turn to social media to seek
religion as a refuge for their loneliness and sense of emptiness.
many of these women, they usually turn to religion for comfort when they
encounter social problem,” said Huda.
the first place they turn to is social media. These women usually have a
shallow knowledge of Islam ... they fall for IS propaganda.”
to Huda, the Indonesian sub-culture where a religious man is seen as a man of
high status, it is easy to win their trust.
you are a religious man, can quote the Koran and hadiths, all of a sudden
people will assume you are someone who deserves respect,” said Huda. “The
jihadists portray themselves this way ... they put a spell on the girl.”
IS campaign is very effective because they use a simplistic cultural approach,
according to Huda.
tell the girls - the secular system has failed you, corruption is rampant,
there is poverty. Our political alternative is the Islamic Caliphate which has
been declared. Why don’t you try this new system. That's how they approach the
women,” said Huda.
counter IS propaganda, there is a need to include a cultural approach, he
is the purpose of my film. I just show the film, to raise awareness, not to
lecture anyone,” said Huda.
Naim, a leading Indonesian IS figure, is behind the man believed to be behind
the recruitment of the female suicide bombers, according to Huda.
Nurul, a research officer at Huda’s institute, appears in the film.
to Rizka, apart from money, Indonesian maids are also targeted by IS because
they are seen to be “brave.”
takes courage for these women to leave their villages to travel to a foreign
country to work,” said Rizka.
to Rizka, IS recruiters need women who have courage in order for them to carry
out a suicide bombing mission.
whether the women who are both jailed for wanting to be suicide bomber regret
their action, she said no.” In fact, they seem rather proud of what they had
done. They are still radical,” said Rizka.
Gathering of Iranians in Paris - A number of women dignitaries from the U.S.,
Europe and Latin America expressed their solidarity in messages to the Iranian
diaspora who are holding their annual gathering on June 30, 2018, in Paris.
her message to organizers and participants in the grand gathering of Iranians
in Paris for “Free Iran – The Alternative”, the Hon. Justice Susana Medina,
Minister of the High Court of Justice of Entre Ríos, Argentina, supported the
work of the National Council of Resistance of Iran and its President-elect
Maryam Rajavi to achieve “a free and democratic Iran; an Iran where the state
is separated from religion; a tolerant state that ensures the validity of the
human rights of all, but especially of women, elderly and children.”
Medina who is also the President of the International Association of Women
Judges (IAWJ) and President of the Association of Women Judges of Argentina
(AMJA), added, “I want you to know that the fight that Maryam Rajavi is leading
is also our fight, the one of many women in the world.”
wishes from U.S.
her video message to Iranians “who love freedom,” U.S. Congresswoman Sheila
Jackson Lee, said, “I want to express my commitment and my support of a
secular, democratic, non-nuclear republic of Iran as addressed in Mrs. Maryam
Rajavi’s Ten-point Plan. I believe that democratic change in Iran is within our
reach, not only because the regime is engulfed in so many crises but because
like you, there is a large and growing group of freedom lovers in Iran and
around the world. And I believe under the leadership of Madam Maryam Rajavi…
freedom is coming.”
another part of her message to the Grand Gathering of Iranians in Paris, Rep.
Jackson Lee said, “As you meet over these days, and as you speak about freedom,
the sound of your voices will reach to Iran and those who are fighting for
freedom, separate and apart from an oppressive regime, they will be victorious.
I congratulate you and celebrate you for this great meeting. And I celebrate
your great leader, Maryam Rajavi, who has explained and expressed her
commitment to freedom and to human rights and to dignity. And together, we will
Judy Chu representing California at the U.S. House of Representatives also sent
a message of solidarity to the Grand Gathering of Iranians in Paris. She said
in her message, “I want to send my best wishes for a successful 2018
international convention for a free Iran… I want you to know that I stand in
solidarity with you and your fight for freedom, democracy and human rights in
Iran. I am so proud to stand with you in speaking out against Iran’s theocratic
leaders. I strongly support your work to establish a free and democratic Iran
that works with the U.S. and others to build a safer world, not one that funds
terror or abuses its own people. So, thank you all again for all your important
work to promote human rights and a free Iran and know that I am proud to join
you in this effort.”
from Europe’s House of Democracy
closely followed and supported the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom and
democracy, Ms. Beatriz Becerra, member of the European Parliament from Spain
and an active member of the Friends of a Free Iran inter-group in the EP, said
in her message to the Grand Gathering of Iranians in Paris, “We have been
watching with admiration your brave uprisings and protests all over Iran in
recent months. I am particularly encouraged by the role women play in leading
many of these protests. I think Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI,
whom I have met several times, is a role model for many women who want to stand
up for their rights in Iran.”
Becerra also pointed out, “From all indications, we can see that after nearly
four decades of brutal and anti-women rule of the mullahs, the change is about
to come to Iran… I, therefore, believe that the Grand Gathering of the Iranian
opposition that will be held in Paris on 30 June, can be a turning point
towards a democratic change in Iran.”
Ruža Tomašić, Member of the European Parliament from Croatia, also said in a
message, “I am so happy that so many of you showed that you want to take Iran
in your own hands and make a democracy like you deserve. And since you are
having a freedom gathering in Paris, I wish you all the success.”
of solidarity from British MEPs
member of the European Parliament, Ms. Anthea McIntyre, MEP from the U.K., also
sent a message of support to the Grand Gathering of Iranians in Paris, in which
she declared support for the Iranian Resistance Movement and its leader, Maryam
Rajavi. Ms. McIntyre denounced efforts of those who try to appease the mullahs
and stressed, “We need to be standing up for human rights, not just trade at
any price. Human rights are very important, and I want to see our European
leaders standing up for human rights and refusing to sign trade deals just on
the whim rather than true facts and to see actually true progress being made… I
think it’s very encouraging, when we see people in Iran taking to the streets
and standing up against the regime that we have got at present.”
also noted the role of Iranian women in the uprising and the Iranian Resistance
and said, “We must see proper democracy; we must see Maryam Rajavi and the opposition
come to power in a full democratic way. I am so much in favor of gender
equality and I want to see a woman leader in Iran. I think that would solve an
awful lot of our problems.”
Julie Ward, another MEP from the U.K., also addressed a message to the Grand
Gathering of Iranians in Paris in solidarity and support. Having closely
followed the situation for the past few years, she expressed concern in her
message about human rights and addressed the situation of women in Iran,
saying, “I am very much concerned about the human rights violations and the
repression of women in particular. I have always believed that the people of
Iran with such a rich history, deserve not to be ruled by a group of backward
medieval mullahs. I am particularly troubled by the way the security forces are
treating women to impose compulsory hijab.”
Ward once again underscored her support for the Iranian opposition, “Therefore,
the resistance against this regime by the PMOI/MEK and by Maryam Rajavi for a
free secular Iran has had my sympathy and support. I was therefore pleased to
witness the uprising of the Iranian people in January and escalation of
protests and strikes which are happening every day… I wish my Iranian friends
and the organizers to have an excellent and successful gathering.”
Emma McClarkin, another MEP from the U.K., also expressed support for the Grand
Gathering of Iranians in Paris. She said in her message, “The people of Iran
want real change. From the protests in January, we have seen that you want an
end to oppression. That you want freedom and democracy to come to Iran and an
end of the oppression by the regime and their security forces. On the 30th of
June, I am delighted that the Iranian community will be meeting in Paris… We in
the European Parliament will be participating, we will be watching, we will be
listening. And we will always be supporting a free Iran.”
Jude Kirton-Darling, Member of the European Parliament, also from the U.K.,
joined her colleagues in the European Parliament to express her best wishes for
the Paris rally on the 30th of June for a free Iran. She stressed in her
message, “I believe the European Union and our governments must put human
rights as their priority in dealing with Iran. Human rights in Iran continue to
deteriorate with peaceful protesters facing intimidation, violence, detention
Kirton-Darling placed special stress on women’s role in Iran uprising, saying,
“That the regime blames these protests on the PMOI, shows how concerned the
regime is about the opposition movement under the leadership of Ms. Maryam
Rajavi. Women have played an active role in these protests and I really admire
their courage. I stand today in solidarity with my Iranian sisters and send
solidarity to all of you.”
representation of female lawmakers in Parliament reached its highest level in
Turkey with the parliamentary elections, signaling that the influence of women
in politics will be increased in the next term. For the 27th Parliament of
Turkey, 103 female lawmakers were elected in the parliamentary elections held
on Sunday. The increase in the number of female lawmakers is welcomed by many
as it is expected that new voices will be heard in Parliament. While the
visibility of women in Turkish politics has a long past, their ratio vis-à-vis
their male counterparts has been significantly low. The right to run for
election and be elected was given to women in Turkey in 1934, making it one of
the first countries to grant this right to women.
having 17 women parliamentarians in the 1935 Parliament, the country had a
quite remarkable start in terms of welcoming women into politics. Since then,
in the past few decades, the percentage of women's representation has steadily
increased. In 2007, the percentage of women represented in the Turkish
parliament was 9.1 percent. This number increased to 14.7 with 81 deputies out
of 550 in the Nov. 1, 2015 elections and finally in the June 24 elections, the
number has reached 17.1 percent. Ahead of June 24, political parties released
their candidate lists on May 21, revealing that a total of 904 women from seven
political parties were running to become parliamentarians, a record high in
21 percent of the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) candidates
were women. Meaning that 126 of their 600 candidates were women, an improvement
compared to the last general elections in which only 12 percent of the party's
candidates were women.
the election result, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party)
fulfilled its commitment to include more women and young people in politics.
During the run-up to the elections the AK Party Chairman and President Recep
Tayyip Erdoğan voiced the significant role of women and young people in society
and stressed the need for them to be more active in politics.
AK Party's election manifesto proved that the party is determined to preserve
its progressive attitude when it comes to women and their problems. During its
16-year governance, the party accomplished many achievements to strengthen
women's position in society. Among some of the examples: the AK Party added
affirmative action in the constitution, founded Family courts to solve family
and woman-related cases and passed a law to protect the family and stop
violence against women.
addition to these legal adjustments, women's participation in politics has also
increased dramatically. While only 24 women served in Parliament in 2002, that
number increased to 81 in November 2015. Meanwhile, women who wear headscarf
and thus were banned to be present in public spaces including universities and
state institutions, gained the right to be parliamentarians in 2015.
of the elected female lawmakers for the 27th Parliament are lawyers. They are
followed by academics and engineers.
to the unofficial results, the highest number of woman deputies was elected
from the AK Party, which won 295 seats in total. 126 of AK Party's lawmaker
candidates were women and 53 of them won spots in the 600-seat parliament.
Women will make up 17.9 percent of AK Party's lawmakers this term, up from its
previous 11 percent.
from larger cities, AK Party's female candidates in smaller provinces entered
the Parliament as well. According to the unofficial results, AK Party's Bolu
deputy Arzu Aydın, Elazığ deputy Sermin Balık, Erzurum deputy Zehra
Taşkesenoğlu and Kütahya deputy Ceyda Çetin Erenler will be in the Parliament.
the HDP had the most woman parliamentarians as 25 of the party's 67 deputies
are projected to be women, marking a 37 percent female representation rate. 230
of HDP's 600 candidates were women, yet only 25 of them were elected. The
pro-PKK HDP had been following a policy to nominate a female candidate for each
some parties including the main opposition scored below the parliamentary
average of the women representation percent. The number of woman deputies in
the Republican People's Party (CHP) decreased compared to the previous term.
The CHP had just 18 woman deputies out of 147.
secularist center-left party, the CHP, had previously promised that more women
would be included in the Parliament. However, when the party announced its
candidate lists it drew criticism as many women candidates were not content
with their places on the list. Since they were unlikely to get elected
according to the list, Nesrin Tuncel and Gülay Emre withdrew their candidacy.
Party's ally in the elections, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) came close
behind the CHP, with 5 woman deputies out of 49, recording a dismal 10 percent
woman representation rate in Parliament.
youngest lawmakers elected in Parliament are also women. The ruling Justice and
Development Party's (AK Party) Istanbul deputy Rümeysa Kadak and the Peoples'
Democratic Party's (HDP) Diyarbakır deputy Dersim Dağ are both 22 years old.
Meral Akşener's newly-formed Good Party (İP) was the worst performer in terms
of gender equality and woman representation in Parliament, as only three of its
43 lawmakers are women.
nominated 134 women candidates, yet only three of them were elected which
caused great disappointment to many.
who was the only woman presidential candidate of the June 24 elections, will
not be among the party's three woman lawmakers. Akşener also served as the
country's first woman interior minister in the mid-1990s.
the increase in the representation of women in Parliament, 33 provinces will
not be represented by women in Parliament.
1954 elections, the number of women parliamentarians saw its lowest point with
only two deputies. However, in the 1990's, the situation gained new momentum
and women in parliament started to increase again. And in 1993 a female prime
minister was elected for the first and only time in the country's history.
Çiller, a professor of economics was elected as the first woman prime minister of
Turkey in 1993 and served until 1996.
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