Throughout the history of the Republic, we have 20 cities that have not returned even a single female deputy!
We want equal distribution in the next election!
Now it’s already duty time for all parties!
The Association for Supporting Women Candidates (KA.DER) examined the distribution of women and men deputies in general elections held since 1934- the date when women in Turkey have earned the right to elect and to be elected; and announced that the average rate of female MPs entering the parliament was 5.25%.
The review of KA.DER revealed that 20 cities of Turkey have not returned even a single female deputy throughout the history of Republic. Stating that such a result is unacceptable while struggling for years for equal representation of women in all spheres, KA.DER has already called on all parties to work sincerely and in a planned manner in order to ensure equal distribution in the next elections.
As of 1934- the date when women in Turkey have earned the right to elect and to be elected, 23 general elections were held. Of the 11,385 lawmakers who entered the parliament in these elections, only 598 were women. The rate of election that Turkey has seen fit for women has remained at 5.25% throughout 85 years although Turkey brags about entitling women to elect before many Western countries.
Despite KA.DER’s and other women movements’ struggle for equal representation of women at home, at work, at school, in business, in politics, shortly in all areas of life since 1997, the rate of women deputies that have entered in the parliament has reached a maximum of 17.8% so far.
The facts revealed by the figures are not limited to this. Turkey has 20 cities that have not returned even a single female deputy throughout the history of Republic. Those cities in alphabetical order are: Adiyaman, Ardahan, Artvin, Bayburt, Burdur, Erzincan, Giresun, Gumushane, Karabuk, Karaman, Kilis, Kirikkale, Kirklareli, Kirsehir, Nevsehir, Nigde, Osmaniye, Rize, Sinop and Yozgat.
According to KA.DER, who exposed this black picture with their examination, in the last general elections held a year ago and the local elections completed on 23 June, the parties failed the class on the right to equal representation that women’s organizations have been fighting for years. Apart from the demands of the women, they did not even keep their promises and did not implement what they wrote in the party programs, statutes and election declarations. Currently, only 102 of the 589 deputies in the Turkish Grand National Assembly are women (17.32%). In the last local elections; of the 8,257 mayoral candidates, only 652 (7.89%) were female candidates. After the elections, only 43 of the 1,389 mayoral seats were taken by women. In these local elections, the only success for women was that the number of muhtars, who were 674, increased by 58.9% to 1,071, although the ratio was still very low. And this success was reached by KA.DER’s efforts.
Chairperson of KA.DER, Nuray Karaoğlu, calls out to all parties in the shadow of these figures, and reminds them once more of the fact that half of the votes they receive are given by women and says:
“We don’t want to see a similar scene in the next elections. Therefore, we invite all parties to take the necessary steps to ensure equal representation of women in all decision-making processes, whether by election or appointment, from now on. We, as KA.DER, will follow this and we are ready to give the necessary support.”