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Contemporary women's activism in engendering the political agenda : a case of legal reform in Turkey

Gönüllü, Ayşe
The main aim of this study is to investigate the tools of the women̕s activism which are used in transforming the gender equality agenda in Turkey in terms of legislative reform. To illustrate and study of the tools of women̕s activism descriptively, a case study on the women̕s activism for legislative reform in Turkey is conducted. The findings of the research verified the research thesis that women̕s activism that occurred after 1980s and institutionalized during 1990s was incredibly influential in transforming the Turkey̕s political agenda. The inner organization manner of women̕s movement, its use of the media, lobbying activities such as finding allies in the commission and parliament, engagement with international women̕s rights mechanisms, conducting effective communication through list-serve, arranging street demonstrations and actions can be enumerated as important tools.