Country / Region profile of: Turkey

The Turkish Constitution grants women full equality before the law, but the government does not effectively protect vulnerable populations, including women, from societal abuse, discrimination and violence. Following the recent failed coup in its territory, the Turkish government announced its intent to derogate from the European Convention on Human Rights as part of the country’s state of emergency. The number of Turkish women in politics and the judiciary remains very small. Turkey is ranked 131 out of 144 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) of 2017. Turkey acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1985. Turkey has signed the Arms Trade Treaty on July 2, 2013. However, they have not ratified it as of January, 2017. During the 2016 October Open Debate, Turkey gave a statement affirming support for WPS but did not address any specific efforts to implement the WPS Agenda. Turkey spent $1.81 bln on its military in 2017; Turkey does not currently have a National Action Plan on the Implementation of UNSCR 1325. Turkish women are deeply committed to the resolution of the conflict between Turkey and the Kurdish forces. Turkish and Kurdish women have organised to play active roles as peacebuilders, and work to promote gender equality and women's human rights.

“We [women] need to be heard, and we need to be seen.” - Marianne Haslegrave


$ 1,819,000,000
Military expenditure
Turkey spends USD$1,819,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Girls' education
This amount could send many thousands of young girls to all years of primary and secondary school.
NAP 1325
Turkey does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments