This article provides an overview of Turkey’s recent developments in combating violence against women, as well as in gender equality in education, labour force participation, and politics. It presents a set of suggestions related to legislation and implementation for each topic addressed. It also argues that, as important as legislation is for improving women’s rights, on its own it is not sufficient for achieving gender equality. Gender equality requires Turkey’s transformation from a male-oriented mentality towards an egalitarian mentality.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.