Thursday, October 31, 2013

Hijabis enter the Turkish Parliament

I remember the following day in 1999 like it was yesterday.  Members of the Turkish Parliament shouting at my sister Merve to "Get out!" all because of her hijab!

Fast-forward to today:

Nurcan Dalbudaki, one of the four members of the Justice and Development Party, enters parliament today wearing hijab.

Today was a historical day in Turkey, indeed!  Four Turkish female members of the parliament attended the general assembly. The headscarf has entered the parliament after years of Merve Kavakci's efforts to fight for the ban to be lifted. If it wasn't for you my dear beloved sister, those women would not be able to sit in their seats. Well done!!!

To read more about today, click here.

Elif Kavakci for HijabiTopia

1 comment:

  1. Well done indeed. I remember reading Orhan Pamuks book Snow and learning about the history of veil-banning in Turkey.