10th European Feminist Research Conference, Göttingen, Germany, 12 - 15 September 2018, pp.194
In conservative societies women’s representation in the assembly and
their active work in the parliament are essential to enhance visibility of
women in the public sphere and to improve democratization of the country. This paper argues that although ratio of women politicians in the
Turkish Parliament which was only 4 percent in 1999 has gradually increased to 15 percent in the 2015 general elections, the numerical augmentation has not been reflected to women’s policy concerns.
The analysis shows the woman members of secular opposition parties
are mainly elected from the first ranks of the election lists and have more
effective parliamentary work compared to the incumbent party; however
in addition to high polarization between the parties that avoids women
MPs to cooperate on women policies (even on basic children, women
and human rights abuses), abolishment of the parliamentary immunity of
the opposition party members in 2016 impaired parliamentary effectiveness of women politicians. This paper aims to question the possible tools
to improve numerical representation of women and their effectiveness in
the political sphere under political and social constraints determined by
the hegemony of right-wing politics.