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In the new Constitution, gender equality, in the real sense, should be assured, Turkish Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Şahin says. AA photo

In the new Constitution, gender equality, in the real sense, should be assured, Turkish Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Şahin says. AA photo

Turkish Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Şahin said earliar today that gender equality needs to be secured in Turkey’s new Constitution.

The third International Women Entrepreneurship and Leadership Summit was held Nov. 8 at the Congress Center in Istanbul’s Harbiye district.

The theme of the summit was “the rising power of women in the new world order.” Şahin; the head of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD), Ümit Boyner; Dutch Housing and Environment Minister Sybilla M. Dekker attended the summit, as well as several local and international figures.

In her speech, Şahin emphasized the importance of organization for women and gender equality. “The entire potential of the society should be activated regardless of gender. In this respect, it is important that we know our course.”

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has reformed civil law, Şahin said. “Putting these changes into practice was extremely important. In the new Constitution, gender equality, in the real sense, should be assured.”

Boyner said Turkey was in last place among 135 countries regarding gender equality. She also pointed to the AKP’s goals for 2023, saying, “Without providing gender equality, progress is not possible.”
TÜSİAD has 3,500 member companies, Boyner said, stating that female members constituted only 35 percent, whereas the rate of female executives was 19 percent. She emphasized the importance of raising this figure.

Minister sorry bout resigned CHP Official

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Minister Fatma Şahin answered questions regarding the claim that main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul Women’s Branch President Yüksel Çavuşoğlu was forced to resign because she praised Şahin. Şahin said people should be able to like and praise each other regardless of their political party affiliations.

“I was very sorry. Really, I think our people should not be wasted this easily. I believe we should be able to like each other despite our differences and we should make tolerance a rising value. I don’t understand why the head of the women’s branch was removed. I phoned her and told her I was sorry. I hope it is not true. If it is true then I think the decision makers should examine their consciences. We will win as a country the more we are able to say, ‘We are able to like each other despite our opposite party views,’” she said.


November/08/2012

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