Turkey: women want bigger role in politics

New campaign for more female candidates at local elections

25 November, 12:34

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, NOVEMBER 25 - As the deadline for the finalization of Turkey's local election electoral lists draws closer, an association of women's groups has launched a campaign to entice political party leaders to nominate more women as candidates in 2014 elections.

    "We are appealing to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli; don't forget women candidates," Cigdem Aydin, head of the Association for the Support and Training of Women Candidates (KADER) said in Istanbul as daily Hurriyet reported. Aydin was speaking at a publicity event to promote KADER and its campaign for more female candidates at the 2014 local elections.

    Currently, only 26 of 2,950 mayors, 110 of 3,979 provincial council members and 1,340 of 31,790 municipal council members are women, Aydin noted. "Although women (in Turkey) were granted the right to stand in local elections in 1930, we are still being neglected. Women are not being nominated as candidates as frequently as they should therefore they cannot be elected in local elections since party leaders are the only decision-makers in the determination of candidates," she said, adding that there's no democracy, equality and justice in a country where half of its population is disregarded. (ANSAmed).

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