Enacting intersectional multilayered citizenship: Kurdish women’s politics

Acik, Necla ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4801-1684 and Erel, Umut (2019) Enacting intersectional multilayered citizenship: Kurdish women’s politics. Gender, Place and Culture . pp. 1-24. ISSN 0966-369X (Published online first) (doi:10.1080/0966369X.2019.1596883)

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Focusing on the institutional aspects of the Kurdish women’s movement in Turkey since the 1990s the article shows how it established a consciousness within the Kurdish national movement that gender equality is a cornerstone of democracy and ethnic rights. We frame this through theories of enacting intersectional multilayered citizenship and identify three key interventions: autonomous women’s assemblies, women’s quotas in pro-Kurdish rights parties and the co-chair system where all elected positions within the pro-Kurdish parties are jointly occupied by a male and female. These have achieved a better representation of women in formal politics, rendered gender equality and sexual violence legitimate subjects of politics and contributed to establishing an aspiration for a more dialogic political ethos. While the women’s movement’s close affiliation with the Kurdish national movement has been highly effective, it also in part circumscribes gender roles to fit its agendas.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 28571
Notes on copyright: © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Depositing User: Necla Acik
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2019 10:30
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2019 10:30
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/28571

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