15 November 2007
ESI event in Berlin - Frauenrechte in der Türkei nach dem zweiten AKP-Wahlsieg: Scharia oder EU-Standards?

Gerald presented ESI's research on recent economic and societal trends in Turkey, in particular the rapidly changing reality of Turkish women at an event jointly organised with the August Bebel Institut, the AK Frauenpolitische Bildung im Bildungswerk Berlin der Heinrich Böll Stiftung, and the Berlin Istanbul Network Kultur–Wissen–Stadt (BINKWS).

He talked on Turkey's potential for accession to the EU, social and economic developments, the recent (legal) revolution of women's rights, the German debate about Turkey and the role of the military. He also pointed out that these changes cannot only to be attributed to AKP's legal reforms but are part of a wider democratisation process of Turkish society at large.

Berlin Radio Multikulti covered this event: "Has AKP's view of women changed?" (Turkish only).

Berlin Istanbul Network Kultur–Wissen–Stadt August Bebel Institut 
Heinrich Böll Stiftung
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