Dec 07 2017

Women’s ratio in Turkish parliament ‘behind Arab world,’ study shows

Women’s suffrage in Turkey was adopted in a Dec. 5, 1934 constitutional amendment, long before many European countries.

Yet, today’s Turkey lags behind in women’s participation in politics, German public broadcaster DW reported.

According the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s latest report, Women in Politics: 2017, Turkey is ranked 133rd out of 189 countries for female representation in parliament, on only 14.9 percent.

In terms of the number of women in ministerial positions, the report ranked Turkey 168th with only one minister, Family Minister Dr. Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya – although she was joined by a second, Labour and Social Security Minister Jülide Sarıeroğlu, in July this year.



According to Women and Democracy Foundation (KADEM) figures, the highest women participation at the parliament were in June 2015 elections with 16,1 per cent women.

The party with highest ratio of women is the Kurdish opposition HDP (39 per cent) and the lowest is the far-right MHP (7 per cent).

The women deputies in the ruling AKP make only 11 per cent of the party’s parliamentary seats.

DW reports that the last country to adopt women’s suffrage was Saudi Arabia in 2011, on local elections with limited influence.