Shaping Gender Policy in Turkey
Grassroots Women Activists, the European Union, and the Turkish State
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: State University of New York Press
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This book benefits greatly from the participation of a dedicated group of activist women in my research. I first and foremost thank these activists for sharing their experiences with me. Without their contribution this book would have been partial. I want to acknowledge the hard-working civil servants in the library of the Directorate General of Press and Infor-...
1 Conceptualizing the Actors’ Roles
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...a couple of years after the accession, some activists from the new accession process to adapt to eU standards on their countries had been as strong as it is currently on turkey, because this is the magic true to the accounts of those feminist activists from postsocialist coun-tries in Central and eastern europe, pressured by the european Union ...
2 Gender Equality, Women’s Rights, and Stipulations within the Enlarging EU
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In this chapter, I provide a historical account of the eU gender equal-ity policy discourse and its relationship to women’s rights and citizen-ship. This discourse influences the nature of gender politics not only in eU members, but also in candidate countries like turkey. Gender is an integral part of institutions both at the state and supranational level. as ...
3 Before the 1999 Helsinki Summit: The State’s Gender Regime in Turkey
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...recognizing that internal gender regimes of countries matter when adapting european gender equality norms to national settings (Liebert 2003), this chapter looks at the structure of the gender regime in tur-key before the helsinki Summit of 1999, the moment when turkey was declared by the EU to be an official candidate for EU membership. To ...
4 Active Citizenship: Women’s Collective Response to the State’s Gender Regime in Turkey, 1980–1999
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...attesting to the point that women’s movements are “embedded in par-ticular histories and geographies” (ray 1999, 159), the contradiction within the state’s approach to women, reflected in legal discourse and its implica-tions for women’s lives prompted a group of women to launch a feminist movement in the early 1980s to change the gender regime in turkey. Ironi-...
5 Aftermath of the 1999 Helsinki Summit: The Role of the EU and the Turkish State in Changing Gender Policies in Turkey
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It was after the helsinki Summit of 1999 when the eU announced the official candidate status of Turkey for EU membership that a window of political opportunity opened for Turkish feminists to be influential in changing gender policies. This chapter explains the process in which the opportunity window opened. To understand the details of that process, it ...
6 Women’s Grassroots Activism in Changing Gender Policies after the 1999 Helsinki Summit
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...as Zacharias puts it, “emerging reimaginings and shifts in gender poli-tics” (2001, 31) influence the notions of women’s citizenship and agency. the eU membership process that prospered after the 1999 helsinki Sum-mit where Turkey was recognized by the EU as an official candidate for membership brought with it an appreciable series of policies for ...
7 Conclusion: Sustained-Pressure in Shifting Winds
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...turkey’s candidacy for eU membership has resulted in structural chang-es on multiple grounds including gender policies. this book has shed some light on the links among the eU, the turkish state, and women grassroots activists by explaining the specifics of the way in which gender policies have been amended. These specifics demonstrate that ...
Appendix A: Interviews
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I interviewed representatives of fourteen women’s organizations in the summers of 2007 and 2008. Ten of these organizations had secular feminist, three had Kemalist, and one had Islamist orientation. I made the initial contact with the participants through phone and email to ask for...
Appendix B: Names of Women’s Organizations and Journals in Turkish and English
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Publication Year: 2013