Turkish PM's wife presented with women's award

Crans Montana Forum has presented Turkish premier's wife, Emine Erdogan, with "the Prix de la Fondation" at a ceremony in Brussels

Turkish PM's wife presented with women's award

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's wife Emine Erdogan was presented with the "Prix de la Fondation" by the Crans Montana Forum.

Erdogan said after receiving the prize from Jean-Paul Carteron, founder and chairman of the Crans Montana Forum that it was outworn and racist to classify people according to their races, colors of their skin and their religious beliefs in today's globalizing world.

"We believe that all women in the world deserve the utmost social and political opportunities. Rights of women in our geography should not be sacrificed for balance of power and security concerns of some regimes. We have seen numerous women who were left destitute after natural disasters in Pakistan, who suffered from poverty in Bangladesh, who lost their children, husbands, hope or future in Palestine, Iraq, Bosnia or in Darfur. We have seen many women who were abused both in the West and in the East. They all have one thing in common which is being a human and a woman. Therefore, I believe that our struggle for peace, democracy and freedom should continue with a great determination. I want to reiterate once again that we reject double-standards and discrimination in this struggle," she said.

Erdogan said that they had succeeded in creating an atmosphere of democracy and brotherhood in Turkey in which all differences, all opinions and different life-styles could co-exist in total respect and tolerance for each other.

"Lately, Turkey has taken very important steps about woman's rights. For instance, some dissuasive measures have been taken to prevent domestic violence. Women's participation in employment and economic activities have been supported. Turkey has made the greatest progress in education. Families have been provided with financial support to send their daughters to school. The rate of primary school enrolment reached 99 percent. Rate of female politicians at the Turkish parliament increased to 9 percent today from 4 percent eight years ago," she added.

Crans Montana Forum Chairman Carteron, on his part, said that Turkey had made significant contributions to global peace and stability.

Turkey proved that democracy and the Islam could co-exist, he said and described President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as worldwide statesmen.

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Speaking at a special session on "Enhancing Gender Equality" organized by the UNESCO and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) on the sidelines of the Crans Montana Forum, Erdogan said, "the world should watch Turkey's and Turkish women's recent great transition. Turkey has taken very important steps about women's rights. For instance, rate of female members of the Turkish parliament increased to 9 percent today from 4 percent eight years ago. Turkey has also made great progress in women's participation in employment and economic activities and prevention of domestic violence. Recent constitutional amendments led to a significant improvement of women's status in the society."

"Turkey has made the greatest progress in education. Number of universities reached 156 with 80 newly founded universities in the last eight years. The rate of primary school enrolment exceeded 99 percent," she said.

"Turkey has drawn attention of the world with its successful economic performance and its multidimensional active foreign policy," she said.

Erdogan said that Turkish women gained their suffrage in 1934, years before women in many European Union-member states, thanks to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Erdogan was also presented with the "Prix de la Fondation" by the Crans Montana Forum.

Following the award ceremony, Erdogan departed from Brussels.

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