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Women in Turkey

Women in Turkey

In the history of the Republic of Turkey women has always an important role as they were fighting against the enemy for establishing a new independent state. Therefore since 1923, founder of the Turkish Republic M.Kemal Atatürk made reforms for sustaine equality between the men and women. Some of these reforms were giving equal rights in education for men and women in 1924, changing f headgear and dress in 1925, introduce  new civil code in 1926 which was very important especially for women and family rights and gave full political  to women, to vote and be elected in 1930 for local elections and in 1934 for general elections. For more information you can visit:,31350/biography-of-ataturk.html

In 1985, Turkey signed CEDAW. Preamle of CEDAW :

Noting that the Charter of the United Nations reaffirms faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women,

Noting that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms the principle of the inadmissibility of discrimination and proclaims that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, including distinction based on sex,

Noting that the States Parties to the International Covenants on Human Rights have the obligation to ensure the equal rights of men and women to enjoy all economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights,


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If you are interested in women organisations and women studies in Turkey here are the web sites:




Gepubliceerd: Wo, 03/07/2013 - 09:34

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