At A Glance

Indices and Rankings
Gender Gap Ranking1 #124
Gender Inequality Index2 0.443
HDI Ranking3 #92
Political Participation
Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 14%/--
Women in Parliament ranking #91
Women at ministerial level (ranking) 7.7% (#74)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1930/1934

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GovernmentRepublican parliamentary democracy
Total population79.7 million
GDP per capita (PPP) $14,400
HDI ranking3#92
Population under age 1526%
Urban population70%
Internet users46%
LanguagesTurkish (official), Kurdish, others

Indices Education & Employment Political Participation
Sources (January 2013): CIA World Factbook, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Internet World Stats, MDG Info 2010, Quota Project, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, UNICEF ChildInfo , UNICEF State of the World's Children 2011, United Nations Development Project Human Development Reports, World Economic Forum, World Health Organization Global Health Observatory Database. 1.The World Economic Forum's Gender Gap index assesses how well countries divide resources and opportunities amongs male and female populations in four areas: economic participation and opportunity (salaries, participation levels and access to high-skilled employment), educational attainment (access to basic and higher level education), health and survival (life expectancy and sex ratio), and political empowerment (representation in decision-making structures). 2. The UNDP's Gender Inequality Index is designed to reveal the extent to which national human development achievements are eroded by gender inequality. It is a composite measure reflecting inequality in achievements between women and men in three dimensions: reproductive health (maternal mortality ratio and adolescent fertility rate), empowerment (share of parliamentary seats, and secondary and higher education attainment levels) and the labour market (women's participation in the work force). It varies between zero (when women and men fare equally) and one (when men or women fare poorly compared to the other in all dimensions). 3. The UNDP's Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary composite index that measures a country's average achievements in three basic aspects of human development: health, knowledge, and income. It was created to emphasize that people and their capabilities should be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country, not economic growth alone. 4. Vulnerable employment is a Millenium Development Goal (MDG) 1B indicator; vulnerable employments are lower productivity and informal activities such as own-account workers and unpaid family workers. They are therefore more likely to lack benefi ts associated with decent employment, such as adequate social security and recourse to effective mechanisms for social dialogue. Vulnerable employment is often characterized by inadequate earnings, low productivity and substandard working conditions that undermine fundamental labour rights.
Gender Gap Ranking1 #124 Adult literacy rate, females as a % of males 89% Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 14%/--
Gender Inequality Index2 0.443 Population with secondary education, female/male ratio 58% Women in Parliament ranking #91
Vulnerable employment for women (men)4 47.6% (29.2%) Women at ministerial level (ranking) 7.7% (#74)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1930/1934
Lifetime risk in maternal death, 1 in 2200 Quota type --
Births per woman 2.1 Constitutional quota in lower house --
Births per 1000 women aged 15-19 51 Electoral quota in lower house --
Voluntary political party quotas --

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Our Partner

Kadın Emeğini Değerlendirme Vakfı (KEDV) or Foundation for the Support of Women's Work (FSWW), established in 1986, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. It aims to support low income women’s groups to improve the quality of their lives, their communities, and their leadership.

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Reports & Updates
November 23, 2015 | 16 Days, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, Fear to Freedom, Human Rights, Stop Violence Against Women, Victories over Violence, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey, Zimbabwe
Take a stand! Join WLP in the worldwide campaign to end gender-based violence.On November 25, 2015, Women's Learning Partnership joins the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University, along with over 5,478 organizations and other participants from 187 countries and territories, in the launch of the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. The 2015 Campaign theme, From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All, highlights the increase of violent attacks against women and girls who claim their right to education, and the continued barriers to women's and girls' education across the globe. You can find more information on our WLP Partner Activities Calendar and on the CWGL 16 Days Campaign home page.
April 2, 2015 | economic empowerment, Middle East, Leading To Choices, Leadership, Turkey
WLP Turkey/Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work (FSWW) held a series of grassroots training workshops in July through December of 2014 on financial literacy and entrepreneurship. The new workshop series was developed by FSWW to help to expand women’s micro entrepreneurship in economically disadvantaged communities, and is based off of the participatory facilitation methodology developed by Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP). In all FSWW conducted workshops in four cities reaching a total of 266 women participants.
November 14, 2012 | Americas, Leading to Action, Brazil, 2012 Events, Egypt, Political Participation, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey, Zimbabwe
In October, WLP traveled to Lima, Peru for the World Movement for Democracy (WMD) seventh Global Assembly, Democracy for All: Ensuring Political, Social, and Economic Inclusion. The conference brought together WLP Partners and more than 500 democracy activists, practitioners, and scholars, providing an important opportunity for learning, exchange, and networking with civil society actors from across the world.
June 27, 2011 | Asia, Turkey
Kadın Emeğini Değerlendirme Vakfı (KEDV) or Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work (FSWW), established in 1986, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. It aims to support low income women’s groups to improve the quality of their lives, their communities, and their leadership.
September 17, 2007 | WLP Partnership, eNews 17, Organizational Capacity Building, 2007 Events, Turkey
In June, Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) partners gathered at the beautiful Mediterranean seaside resort of Antalya, Turkey for our annual transnational partners meeting. The thirty-five grassroots women's rights activists from fifteen countries met to discuss how to strengthen the international women's movement by building the capacity of women's NGOs, how to increase opportunities for women's political leadership, and how to counter the "clash of civilizations" paradigm by building cultures of dialogue and tolerance.
March 3, 2006 | eNews 4, Leading To Choices, Leadership, Jordan, Turkey
Recent workshops conducted by WLP partners Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) and the Foundation for the Support of Women's Work (Turkey) provided a dynamic learning environment for women to develop effective leadership skills, explore advocacy strategies, and discuss ways to overcome the challenges they face in taking on leadership roles in their families and communities.


Yakin Erturk

Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences / UN Commission on Human Rights (OHCHR-UNOG)
Nationality:  Turkey
Profession:  Activist, Social Scientist
Languages Spoken:  English
Area(s) of Expertise:  Violence Against Women, Women in Development
Country/Region of Expertise:  Middle East

Yakin Erturk is the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences for the UN Commission on Human Rights. Her role is to examine the incidents of violence against women around the world, to raise the public awareness of violations of women's human rights, and to prepare thematic reports on violence against women, its causes and consequences.

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