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Women’s NGO calls for more female politicians

 

President of the Association for Support of Women Candidates, KADER.
President of the Association for Support of Women Candidates, KADER.

(AA) – A Turkish NGO has called for more women to stand for parliament at the upcoming general election.

“Equal representation is a precondition of democracy, and today we are here to defend equal representation of women and men in all fields of life” said Gonul Karahanoglu, President of the Association for Support of Women Candidates, KADER.

Speaking during a press conference on Thursday in Istanbul, Karahanoglu called on Turkish party leaders to work together with women parliamentarians of all political parties to increase the number of female deputies.

“In political processes, women cannot be only represented by men. In order to be able to say that all the Turkish women are totally represented in the parliament, the number of female deputies should be increased,” Karahanoglu said.

Reminding that the Turkish general election of 2015 will be held on June 7 to elect 550 members of the Grand National Assembly, Karahanoglu said:

“The female population in Turkey is almost exactly half of 75 million, but just 14 percent of the parliament represents nearly 40 million women. More women must be elected and appointed to decision-making positions.”

“Party leaders must change their mentality; politics is not only a man thing,” Karahanoglu added.

There are currently just 77 female deputies among 550 legislators in the Turkish parliament and the county has only one woman minister in the cabinet.

The ruling Justice and Development Party has 45 female parliamentary members, the main opposition Republican People’s Party has 17 and the Nationalist Movement Party has three. The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party has seven female MPs.