politics

  • Upcoming elections in Iraq: Women should continue to stand firm 

    Iraqi parliamentary elections will be held on October 10. Women have worked hard for the elections even if they have been ignored. Activists Sarah El Moussawi and Enas Halim stated that women should continue to stand firm and that if women voters care about elections by breaking all barriers, laws based on women's rights will be passed by the parliament.

  • Female politicians of Southern Kurdistan: We need a common stance against attacks! 

    “Both the Kurdistan Regional Parliament and the Iraqi government must take a strong stance against the Turkish state's attacks on Southern Kurdistan,” said women politicians in Southern Kurdistan, who raise their voices against Turkey's operations in Southern Kurdistan.

  • Women hopeful for elections to be held in Algeria 

    The number of women participating in elections of Algeria has increased since the Algerian constitutional referendum was held on 1 November 2020. The number of female candidates registered to the Independent Election Commission is approximately 1,500. In 1995, the percentage of female MPs in the parliament were 6.7. In 2020, the percentage increased to 25, 8; the rate of women participating in politics across the country was 19.1 percent.

  • AKP MP claims violence “is a feeling given to us by God” 

    The statements of the AKP MPs during the meeting of the committee in the Turkish Parliament to investigate violence against women hit the headlines. AKP Konya MP Hacı Ahmet Özdemir claimed that violence is “a feeling given to us by God”.

  • Iraqi parliamentarians: We have many documents to push Turkey 

    Since April 23, Turkey has attacked Metina, Zap, and Avaşin-Basyan region of Iraqi Kurdistan with air and howitzer strikes under the name of “Claw-Lightning and Claw-Thunderbolt operations”. The vineyards and orchards of the Christian Çelkê village have been completely burned, and 1,600 acres of forest in the village of Keste have turned into ashes due to airstrikes. Moreover, the forest area on the border under the control of soldiers and village guards has been destroyed. The Iraqi parliamentarians demand this issue to be taken on the international agenda.

  • “Refugee women are seen as a source of profit” 

    HDP Izmir MP Serpil Kemalbay demands a parliamentary investigation commission to be established to investigate the problems faced by migrant, refugee, and asylum seeker women in working life.

  • Al-Nusra received support from whom to smuggle Êzidî girls? 

    HDP MP Feleknas Uca submitted a parliamentary question about Êzidî girls to be answered by Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay.

  • “How is violence against women tolerated?” 

    Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Nuran İmir submitted a parliamentary question about the increasing violence against women during the pandemic to be answered by Family and Social Services Minister Derya Yanık.

  • “95 women were killed in 2021,” claims Derya Yanık 

    Turkey’s Family and Social Services Minister Derya Yanık claimed that only 95 women were killed in 2021.

  • Police prevent women from making statement on Kobanî Trial 

    Peoples' Democratic Congress (HDK) and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Women’s Councils members wanted to make a statement to protest Kobanî Trial; however, police prevented them.

  • CHP Kale Chair resigns after sexual assault allegations 

    Süleyman Karabulut, the chair of Republican People's Party (CHP) Kale district of Malatya province, resigned after sexual assault allegations against him.

  • “17 women lost their lives in April,” says Turkish Ministry of Interior 

    17 women lost their lives in April in Turkey, according to the data of the Ministry of Interior.

  • Palestinian women comment on postponement of elections 

    The general elections to be held in Palestine on May 22 have been indefinitely postponed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for not being allowed to hold elections in east Jerusalem by Israel. Palestinian women commented on the postponement of the elections and said that they had a great hope from the elections, but that hope would remain incomplete without east Jerusalem.

  • Candidate for SNP in Scotland Roza Salih: “My goal is to increase the women’s struggle” 

    Roza Salih, who was born in Southern Kurdistan, is an election candidate for the Scottish National Party (SNP) in Glasgow region. She noted that one of her first projects is to defend refugee rights, “I will make the voice of Kurdish people heard everywhere and my biggest goal is to increase the women’s struggle.”

  • Boycott from Iranian mothers: Until we have fair elections… 

    A group of Iranian mothers, who call themselves, “Iranian Mothers” has struggled for justice for their children killed by Iran for years. They issued a statement to announce that they boycott the upcoming elections in the country. “We will never be a candidate nor support any candidates until we have free and fair elections,” said the mothers.

  • Members of commission on investigation of violence against women announced 

    The members of Turkey’s Parliamentary Investigation Commission formed to investigate violence against women have been announced in the Official Gazette.

  • Filiz Kerestecioğlu: inequalities deepened 

    Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Filiz Kerestecioğlu held a press conference at the Turkish Grand National Assembly on rights violations in Ankara.

  • Pervin Buldan: Women will strongly protect their achievements 

    Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-chair Pervin Buldan talked about Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, and she stated that the withdrawal is unlawful and that they have appealed to the Council of State and filed an annulment action against Turkey’s withdrawal from the İstanbul Convention by a Presidential decision. “Women will strongly protect their achievements by organizing and struggling more,” Pervin Buldan said.

  • Neila Zoghlami: Surely there will be noise while tearing down the walls! 

    Tunisian Association of The Democratic Women (ATFD) announced that they postponed their "Feminists against everything" conference. “Surely, there will be noise while tearing down the walls, surely there will be those who are disturbed,” said Neila Zoghlami while drawing attention to those who are disturbed by the organization of Tunisian women.

  • Pervin Buldan meets with women journalists 

    Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-chair Pervin Buldan met with women journalists regarding Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention.