Turkish Women: Decision makers in Turkish politicTurkish Women: Decision makers in Turkish politic
Achieving gender equality and female empowerment as well as strengthening women’s rights and addressing barriers to political participation are discussed at the panel organised by EU Information Centre in Mersin. Ambassador Christian Berger, Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey, H.E. Marin Mottus, Ambassador of Estonia, President of Mersin Chamber of Commerce Şerafettin Aşut and prominent female figures from Turkish politics met in the city on 5 December, a special day for Turkish women, marking the 83rd anniversary of granting voting rights.
This event comes shortly after the campaign of The Delegation of European Union to Turkey on the occasion of the International Day to eradicate violence against woman. At the panel discussion in Mersin, a long-lasting cooperation amongst The European Union and Turkey to empower Turkish women, gender violence and protection of women's rights were discussed as well.
Together with its Turkish partners the EU has been proactively advancing women's rights and has helped to combat inequalities over the past decade in the fields of employment, childcare, education, combating violence against women, anti-discrimination and political participation.
At the event, Ms. İmren Aykut, first female minister, Ms. Işılay Saygın, first female minister for Tourism and for Environment, Ms. Ayfer Yılmaz, former minister and first female MEP from Mersin, Ms. Önay Alpago, former state minister and Ms. Şenol Bal, former member of the parliament were present.
On the occasion, the Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger said: "Promoting gender equality is a key priority for the European Union. With our strong and ambitious 2016-2020 gender framework, we want to ensure women are represented at all levels of the political institutions. The granting of voting rights to Turkish woman, ahead of many other states that granted full suffrage a decade later has been a tremendous signal and advancement of women rights. Turkey can be truly proud of it."
The event was organised by the EU Information Centre in Mersin which is financed by the European Union and hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Mersin. The EU has financed at an amount of €220 million numerous projects in support of women rights. The EU Information Centres Network consists of 20 EU Information points across the country. The Network helps to inform audiences in Turkey about the European Union, its values, and its cooperation with Turkey. For more information on the European Union's Information Centres Network please visit:
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