Turkish Parliament is preparing itself for ‘A Male Dominated Period’ again!
Only a few days to the June 24 elections, when the complete candidate lists submitted to the
Supreme Election Council are observed, the most salient issue is that how ‘tight’ the political
parties are again regarding the representation of women.
As a result of a male dominated political structure vision, of the 4200 candidates, only 931 of
them are women; and only 5.4% of these 931 candidates are listed first.
With these attitudes; it is understood that various political parties, which included women and
rights of women both in the party programs and in the election bulletins, actually considers the
women as ‘voters’ and that their main goal is to get the votes of women.
In the 84th Anniversary of the adoption of the universal suffrage to grant women the right to
participate in elections and run for public office; the fact that only 22% of the candidates took
part in the lists are women, who constitute 50% of the population and 51% of the voters, shows
us that men will make all decisions including the ones about women in this period again!
Political rights, which are purported to be enjoyable by all, are not open to women in practice,
and there is lack of de facto recognition of the equality of women and men, although there is the
recognition of the de jure equality. Unless social equality is reconciled with political equality, it
is not possible to speak of a real freedom.
However, in order for the understanding of democracy to develop in a society, women shall be
more effective in politics; and in order for achieving democracy fully, women shall be equally
represented in all decision-making mechanisms, including politics.
No political structure that is not shared with women can feel the sense of achievement. Because
half of the world constitutes women and the real alliance is an alliance made with women.
As KA.DER, we call to Male Dominated Period and say that:
Equal Representation is a Right! Womanless Parliament is Condemned to the