A holistic approach to violence: Women parliamentarians' understanding of violence against women and violence in the Kurdish issue in Turkey
Çelik, Ayşe Betül (2016) A holistic approach to violence: Women parliamentarians' understanding of violence against women and violence in the Kurdish issue in Turkey. European Journal of Women's Studies, 23 (1). pp. 76-92. ISSN 1350-5068 (Print) 1461-7420 (Online)
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350506814554487
While women in Turkey and around the world are commonly engaged in civic activism for peace and violence reduction, they are seriously underrepresented in formal politics; thus, not much has been written about their potential to affect decisions made to reduce violence in their societies. This study aims to understand how women politicians view violence in general and their solutions for two specific types of violence in Turkey: (1) the increasing levels of violence against women, and (2) violence created through the Kurdish issue in Turkey. Turkish politicians have become increasingly concerned about both of these issues in recent years and have designed many policies and strategies to address them. This study argues that studying the women parliamentarians’ linkage (or its absence) between the two types of violence will help understand what accounts for the differences (if any) among women MPs in their understanding of different types of violence and their solutions to them.
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