Women’s representation in Parliament has increased steadily since 2002

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the percentage of women’s representation in his country’s parliament has increased steadily since his Justice and Development Party came to power in 2002.

In a speech delivered on Monday during his participation in the “Women’s Efforts Summit” organized by the women’s wing of the Justice and Development Party in Istanbul, Erdogan stated that the percentage of women’s representation in the Turkish parliament reached 17.4 percent.

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He added, “It has become possible to see positive developments in the level of women’s representation in all fields, starting with teachers and academics, and ending with work life and sports.”

He pointed out that women’s representation in Parliament is the “clearest manifestation” of the concept adopted by the Justice and Development Party, “Without women, there will be no politics, production, or growth.”