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English, Haber,

The state does not recognize women’s right to life without violence!

There is no single day that women are murdered; no single day that we are not subjected to violence! While we have been expecting the state to take steps for preventing these murders and violence and punishing the murderers the decision to withdraw from İstanbul Convention, published in the Official Gazette in midnight on March 19, 2021 torments our lives. By its decision to withdraw from the İstanbul Convention Turkey’s state government announces that it is giving up to protect women from all forms of violence. It is clear that this decision will further encourage the murderers of women, harassers, rapers.   For the first time in Turkey’s history the state withdraws its signature from a human rights convention. What is more frustrating is that the state authorities had announced that  convention is the one that “they were proud of hosting the signature ceremony and being its first signatory”. This decision of withdrawal violates both the Constitution and the international law of human rights. The decision is a violation of the preliminary principles of the Constitution, its irrevocable provisions and the regulations regarding basic rights and liberties. According to Article 14 of the Constitution practices against human rights is the clear abuse of state authority. Regardless of your interruption to our legal guarantees, we will continue to struggle for our lives and for a world free of violence. We will not give up our basic, unviolable, inalienable, and indispensable rights and liberties. A world free of violence is possible! We

2015, English, Seçime Müdahale,

Democratic elections can only take place under democratic circumstances and in a peaceful atmosphere

Turkey will be holding a new round of parliamentary elections in less then 5 months after the elections held on 7 June. High Electoral Board has announced: “We can make it on time”. Meanwhile, the conflicts, bombings and retaliation attacks, that started after the suspension of the resolution process by the government prior to the elections on June 7, are still going on. People are being killed. The kids, youngsters and people at all ages are being killed; causing the greatest of all grieves to their loved ones. Cities are under blockade. Funerals are not allowed on the basis of “security reasons”. Neither our bodies nor our corpses are safe now… How the elections will be safeguarded under these circumstances? How it will be secured that people all over from Turkey can cast their vote with their free will? What will be the safeguards for democratic elections? How it can be guaranteed that an electoral government composed of members of the previous governments and its bureaucrats will ensure that the electoral preparations are democratically handled? Elections are amongst the most crucial tools of democracy, only if they are held under democratic conditions that allow the reflection of the free will of electorates. Otherwise, they only serve as window dressing for the quests of, seats and power. And become only the reflection of despotism. It is of utmost importance that the elections take place safely in all electoral territory, with no exception. Legitimacy of the elections relies on the existence of

English, Enternasyonel,

Electoral gender quotas – a major electoral reform

Gender quotas are numerical targets that stipulate the number or percentage of women that must be included in a candidate list or the number of seats to be allocated to women in a legislature. They aim to reverse discrimination in law and practice and to level the playing field for women and men in politics. Gender quotas, as they mostly regulate political parties’ actions, underscore the notion of political parties as the ‘gatekeepers’ through which citizens pursue opportunities for political leadership (Dahlerup 2006). Therefore quotas play a critical role in providing meaningful and effective opportunities for female party members to access elected public offices. To date, gender quotas have proved to be the single most effective tool for ‘fast-tracking’ women’s representation in elected bodies of government. It is, however, important to note that as an extensive body of research in this field suggests, quotas may have a differential impact in different contexts and in different electoral systems and may take longer than a single electoral cycle to produce the desired impact. Furthermore, electoral gender quotas do not remove all structural, institutional and societal barriers for women in politics, and need to be complemented by other measures designed to level the playing field for women. There are three key types of gender quotas in politics: Legislated candidate quotas – These quotas regulate the gender composition of the candidate lists and are binding by law for all political parties in the election; they are mandated either through national constitutions or by electoral

English, Enternasyonel,

Enough to talk, it’s time to act!

Statement issued by the Global Civil Society Advisory Group to UN Women Date: 28th July 2014 International organizations and governments are suffering from a serious misconception: a belief that words suffice. They do not. No one is fulfilling the first six words of the UN Charter “to maintain international peace and security” by simply ‘denouncing’ situations. The Charter makes clear the need “to take effective collective measures”. It is action that is needed, not only more words. We must focus on one of the most urgent examples—the appalling and tragic human rights abuses that are being committed against women across the Arab region and elsewhere in the world. Less than one month ago, a leading female social activist, politician and lawyer Salwa Bugaighis was shot and stabbed in her own home, with no subsequent punitive action taken. International organizations and governments say they will improve peace and security for women but are not actually doing anything about it. It is no surprise that many of Libya’s leading female political and social activists have since fled the country in the face of death threats. This is an immediate and serious loss for the citizens of Libya. The country is about to embark on the critical role of creating a new constitution and government without the women who should be a vital part of that effort. Sadly, Libya is far from the only example. Just a few days ago, a leading Somali female social activist Saado Ali Warsame was assassinated in a