Women candidates call for gender equality in politics

Participants of the workshop read joint statement calling for gender equality in politics. Photo Credit: UN Women
Participants of the workshop read joint statement calling for gender equality in politics.
Photo Credit: UN Women

80 women from different political parties and civil society organizations made joint statements calling for more gender equality in politics at Ankara and İzmir workshops organized by UN Women. 

Ahead of the local elections that will take place in March 2019 in Turkey, UN Women organized “Local Politics Workshops” that aim to empower women candidates in four different cities of Turkey. More than 160 women from five political parties who are running or planning to run in the local elections in March as well as civil society organizations participated at the workshops in Adana, Gaziantep, İzmir and Ankara in December 2018 and January 2019.

After the workshop, participants made joint statements addressing all political parties, media, politicians and voters, and they called for more gender equality in politics. The women specifically called political parties to ensure more space for women in the elections and support women’s participation at all levels of public policy-making without discrimination. The statement follows as:

“Political parties should ensure women candidates’ participation in the activities of political party, campaigns and management. Activities of the political party should be organized in places and hours that will facilitate the participation of women. The Law on Political Parties, Electoral Law and regulations of political parties should be regulated with temporary special measures such as 50 percent equality, or zipper system.”

The three-day workshops aimed to improve the participants’ knowledge and skills as candidates. The participants were involved in sub workshops on gender awareness, transformative leadership, running as a woman, political parties, communication and social media, public speaking, violence against women in politics, funding and campaign management.

UN Women works to enable women to have equal access to management positions and participate equally in politics. UN Women is implementing the project “Gender Equality in Political Leadership and Participation in Turkey” to increase women’s political participation and presence in decision-making. The workshops are organized within the Gender Equality in Political Leadership and Participation in Turkey project funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).