Women's participation into local politics under scrutiny
Through the launch of the “Enhancing Women’s Participation in Politics and Decision Making” project, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) opened the issue to discussion for all its national and local stakeholders on 9 September 2008 in Ankara.
Ankara - Parliamentarians, political parties, non-governmental organizations, academics, media representatives and expert journalists and politicians from Sweden discussed with United Nations Turkey Country Office officials what they can do to increase women’s participation in local politics.
The workshops commenced with the opening remarks of UNDP Resident Representative Mahmood Ayub and continued with the main thematic speeches of UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Ulrika Richardson-Golinski and former Swedish Minister Ms. Anita Gradin.
Experts from UNDP’s Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States Office who came to Ankara in order to prepare a report on the participation of women into politics in Turkey and its regions also took up “Challenges and problems in increasing women’s participation into politics in Turkey” in a round table meeting.
In the afternoon session of the round table meetings in which discussions continued on “For creating an agenda for women’s participation in politics: the role of the media, civil society and political parties” with the participation of media representatives; journalists from Sweden and Women’s Forum (Kvinnoforum) representatives shared the perspective of their studies conducted in Sweden and other countries.
The meeting that was organized for the 2009 local elections acted as a platform that brought together all stakeholders in order to change the almost non-existent situation of women in local governments.