With Ms Gülsün Bilgehan, writer, journalist, prominent politician at the and the, former chair of different committees and more… She has authored a book titled Mevhibe about the Turkish War of Liberty, the establishment of the Turkish Republic and the first few years of the Republic from the point of view of Mevhibe Hanım, Bilgehan’s grandmother. A must-read to understand the republican era

With Ms Gülsün Bilgehan, writer, journalist, prominent politician at the #CHP and the #CouncilofEurope, former chair of different #PACE committees and more... She has authored a book titled Mevhibe about the Turkish War of Liberty, the establishment of the Turkish Republic and the first few years of the Republic from the point of view of…

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Today Turks at home and abroad commemorate the 80th anniversary of the loss of Atatürk, founder of modern Turkish republic. Without studying Atatürk’s legacy well, one can not understand the rebellious soul and European destiny of Turks. Throughout history, there have been numerous leaders and national heroes. However, Ataturk emerges not only as a military hero, but also as a nation builder. The qualities of Atatürk can be briefly defined as a genius, liberator, founder, and man of Enlightenment. To combine all these qualities in one person is exceptional. He was a transformational leader. Destiny has endowed very few leaders in history any of Atatürk’s achievements. Atatürk, with his innovative vision back in the 1920s, realized the vital role women should play in transforming Turkey into a modern nation and thus launched numerous reforms for gender equality in society. Let’s have a look; Polygamy was abolished and the equal rights of women in divorce, custody, and inheritance were established. The entire educational system became mixed, from primary to higher education. Turkish women obtained voting rights 45 years before Switzerland did, as well as rights to be elected as a member of parliament. Already in the mid-1930s, 18 women -among them a villager- were elected to the National Assembly, and later a woman was appointed to the Turkish Supreme Court of Justice for the first time in the world. Women’s rights in Turkey are mandated by the Civil Law, passed for the first time back in 1926. During the early years of the Turkish Republic, tens of thousands of well-educated women contributed to the development of the country as doctors, lawyers, judges, engineers, scientists, teachers, writers, administrators, executives, and creative artists. “Everything we see in the world is the creative work of women” Ataturk As a woman foreign policy practitioner, today I proudly serve in Brussels as the voice of progressive Turks, the EU representative of the party, CHP, was founded by Atatürk. With my deepest gratitude and respect 🙏🏻

Today Turks at home and abroad commemorate the 80th anniversary of the loss of Atatürk, founder of modern…Devamı