AKP keeps Kurdish women politicians in prison
The AKP, which excludes women from politics and decision-making mechanisms, aims to isolate women politicians from society through detentions.
Under the AKP rule, the rights of women, won through many years of struggle, were usurped one by one. The identities, demands and problems of women were rendered invisible and left unsolved because, in the AKP mentality, "The woman’s place is in the house".
The AKP, which excludes women from politics and decision-making mechanisms, aims to isolate women politicians from society through detentions. Although the number of women in parliament is one of the highest in the history of Turkey thanks to the equal representation policy of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), 83% of the MPs are men and 17% women. In local governments, the representation of women is much lower. Thanks to the co-chairmanship system implemented by the HDP in local elections, the representation of women, which was not even 1%, reached 3.5%.
Many women politicians are in prison
The Green Left Party has the highest number of female candidates in the elections that will be held on 14 May. Many of the HDP women who worked hard and struggled to ensure this high representation and to protect women's rights in the streets and in Parliament are currently in prison. There is great violence and pressure against women's struggle activists, especially against Tevgera Jinên Azad (TJA-Free Women's Movement).
Some of the politicians who are still in prison are as follows:
* Ayşe Gökhan (TJA Spokesperson)
* Leyla Güven (DTK Co-Chair)
* Pero Dündar (Deputy)
* Gültan Kışanak (Amed Metropolitan Municipality Co-Mayor)
* Figen Yüksekdağ (HDP Co-Chair)
* Sabahat Tuncel (DBP Co-Chair)