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“To be a woman”
International Women’s Day
from ORGANIZED RAGE by Mick Hall
Many people, especially those above 35 living in Eastern Europe, still associate 8 March with the old official Communist celebrations, with faded red cloves and drunken men ‘celebrating’ Women’s Day. But gradually the day, which symbolises female emancipation, has gained new legitimacy, a tour of the EurActiv network reveals.
by UĞUR PAMUK VIA
Turkey should be praised as being one of the first countries to enfranchise women (in 1934) and for making equal rights for women a key part of the Ataturk reform era. At the same time, the status of women in Turkey seems to be getting worse on a number of fronts. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, Turkey came in 129 of 134 countries surveyed, consistently falling in the rankings over the past years. And, according to the UN Development Program’s Gender Empowerment Measure, Turkey ranked 101 out of 109 countries surveyed, placing Turkey, the 17th-largest economy in the world among countris far less developed.
To celebrate Women’s Day, EurActiv asked five prominent women to set out their visions for the future of the European Union. Starting with Dalia Grybauskait?, president of Lithuania, these successful professionals are symbols of the economic, political and social achievements of Europe’s women.