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Women’s participation in local politics in Turkey. Needs assessment to women parliamentarians UNDP Turkey . Why only 2%? . Societal misperception; Male job. Underestimated Role of Women = Lack of interest ? Low educational level Lack of political skills

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Women’s participation in local politics in Turkey

Needs assessment to women parliamentarians

UNDP Turkey


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  • Societal misperception; Male job.

  • Underestimated Role of Women = Lack of interest?

  • Low educational level

  • Lack of political skills

  • Lack of Support : Financial – Moral – Social Facilities

  • Political Party System: Barriers to be in the candidates list.


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2) What entry points?

  • Women can also do it

  • Women’s Solidarity

  • Economic empowerment

  • Trainings:

    • Starting from early ages

    • Engage men and women

    • On local politics mechanisms

  • Political parties (quota)

  • Women’s branches (niche)

  • Civil Society Organizations (bridge)

Young women??

Civic Engagement

Women’s & Youth branches

Engagement from provincial units level


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3) Current support for candidates?

Young women??

Promotion within the youth branches

Mentorship projects

Promotion for trainings participation

Political Academy within political parties on Local administration:

30% quota in participation to academy

target of 10% of trained women elected for local elections


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4) Support as Parliamentarian

  • Transferring my personal experience and knowledge to women’s branches educational activities

  • Being a member of an independent women’s research center

  • By acting as a mentor for future young candidates

  • By inviting and encouraging women to work for political parties and become candidates


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5) What skills do candidates need?

  • Communicational skills (with media, with other political parties, with local structures)

  • Leadership personal qualities (passion, humor, empathy, patience, common sense, trustworthiness, creativity, sensitivity)

  • General knowledge on history, culture and politics

  • Institutional and representative skills

  • Ability to transform professional knowledge into political actions


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6) Top Necessities?

  • Long term strategic skills need to be improved

  • Equal support within the party

  • Social sensitivity & societal needs awareness

  • Financial support

  • Moral support; Motivation

  • Family support

  • Patience

  • Team work; team support


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