Jun 26 2018

Increased numbers of women enter Turkish parliament

The percentage of women in Turkey’s 600 seat parliament has increased from less than 15 to 17 percent, following elections on Sunday, according to Turkish news website Bianet.

Of the various political parties represented in parliament, the Kurdish-oriented Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) leads the way, with 37 percent of its deputies being women. 

Women are considerably less well represented in other parties. Eightteen percent of the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) deputies are women while other parties fare even worse. The Good Party, which fielded the only female candidate in the presidential elections, is least well represented by women with only 7 percent of its 43 MPs being female.