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UN Women in Turkey invites civil society organizations (CSOs) legally registered and operating in Turkey to submit project proposals to contribute to increasing women’s participation in local politics and decision making within the framework of the “Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Leadership in Political and Business Life” project.
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Despite increases in the number of women at the highest levels of political power, widespread gender inequalities persist, according to the 2021 edition of the IPU–UN Women “Map of women in politics”. The data shows all-time highs for the number of countries with women Heads of State and/or Heads of Government, as well as for the global share of women ministers.
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Elena Crasmari decided to run for office so that the local administration could meet the needs of all members of her community. She won a local councillor seat, making her the only woman on a nine-person team, and one of six local councillors with a disability in Moldova, out of 10,472 local councillors.
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Meet three women mayors from rural Moldova who have defied deeply entrenched gender stereotypes about women’s leadership and led their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. From building public infrastructure to enabling citizen participation virtually, they have made their communities safer and more resilient.
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Around the world, women are shining through as outstanding leaders as the COVID-19 pandemic escalates. From Germany to New Zealand and Denmark to Iceland, women leaders have shown clarity in their decisions and policies, they are compassionate, empathetic, strong communicators and they show solidarity. Her Excellency Vjosa Osmani, the first woman assembly president in Kosovo, has been praised for her professionalism in leading the assembly during the crisis. She is a Doctor of Legal Sciences, former professor and mother of two girls.
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At local gender equality workshops organized by UN Women, women city councillors in Samsun and Muğla, Turkey, learned how vital they are for developing solutions to the challenges that women face in their constituencies.
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UN Women organized a high-level panel discussion in Ankara, capital of Turkey, in October to explore how to prevent violence against women in politics. The discussion brought together Members of Parliament from different political parties, representatives from the Embassy of Sweden, the Ankara Municipality Council, civil society as well as international experts.
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On March 31, Turkish citizens cast their vote to select local administrators for the next five years. , In the election lead-up, UN Women held skills-building workshops to empower women candidates.
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Ahead of the local elections in Turkey to be held in March, UN Women and the Women’s Coalition brought together more than 100 women from across the country to discuss the monitoring of the elections.
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Canan Kalsın, the Chairperson of The Committee on Equality of Opportunity for Women and Men (EOC) in the Turkish Parliament, has been active in politics for more than 15 years and has worked in several positions in her political party. As Chairperson of EOC, she collaborates with UN Women in promoting women’s political participation and leadership as part of the “Gender Equality in Political Leadership and Participation in Turkey” project. She is leading the Committee in achieving equal opportunities between women and men, advancing women’s rights, and mainstreaming gender equality in the parliament.
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87 women from different political parties and civil society organizations in Adana and Gaziantep, made a joint statement calling for more gender equality in politics at workshops organized by UN Women.
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UN Women organized the National Conference on “Standards of Equal Representation and Participation in Politics: One Year from Local Elections”, in collaboration with the Albanian Parliament.
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The 2018 Global Open Day on Women, Peace and Security in Kosovo focused on women’s political participation, and the key factors that inhibit their full engagement in the public sphere.
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At a symposium organized by the Committee on Equality of Opportunity for Women and Men of the Turkish Parliament, in partnership with UN Women, high-level Turkish government officials, alongside women leaders in politics, business and the public sector from around the world discussed ways to increase women’s participation in political decision-making.
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Around 90 parliamentarians, local elected officials and civil society representatives from 11 countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia gathered in Chișinău to identify how to solve some of the most pressing issues challenging women’s rights and their full participation in all spheres of life.
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In rural Serbia, where the political and economic landscape is primarily dominated by men and few women participate in decision-making, local Women Councilors Networks set up with support from UN Women are challenging the status quo.
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In a IPU-organised study visit in partnership with UN Women, Turkish deputies discussed best practices in gender equality – including gender mainstreaming in policies and gender responsive budgeting – with Finnish and Swedish parliamentarians.
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Albania has reached a new milestone with women’s representation in politics. Following the national elections held on 25 June, the Albanian Parliament will soon welcome a record number of women parliamentarians. The initial results indicate that women’s representation has reached 28 per cent—a marked improvement compared to 2013 elections, when around 18 per cent women were elected.
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Women in Turkey gained their rights to vote and enter politics on 5 December 1934. The Parliament in Turkey celebrated the 82nd Anniversary of the Recognition of Women’s Rights to Vote and to Stand for Election at a ceremony in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, organized by UN Women.
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As of 2015, Moldova ranked 64 in terms of women’s representation in the Parliament, with women holding only 22 per cent of seats in the lower house. UN Women-UNDP collaboration with the government and the Parliament contributed towards the adoption of a new law on 14 April, 2016, which for the first time, introduced gender quotas for party list candidates and cabinet nominees. Law No. 71 says that women and men must each make up a minimum of 40 per cent of every political party’s candidates and of cabinet nominees, and amends 15 other national laws.