Turkish Parliament Repeals Trousers Ban for Women Lawmakers

by Kathy Jones on  November 15, 2013 at 6:28 PM Lifestyle News
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Turkish lawmakers have repealed the ban on trousers being worn by women lawmakers in the assembly following a major government reform that allows them to wear Islamic headscarves.
 Turkish Parliament Repeals Trousers Ban for Women Lawmakers
Turkish Parliament Repeals Trousers Ban for Women Lawmakers

The end to the trouser prohibition was approved late Wednesday when ruling party lawmakers backed a motion on it.

The issue came to the fore after a female opposition lawmaker with a prosthetic leg and arm, Safak Pavey, complained in a parliamentary address last month about being forced to wear skirts in the chamber.

In late October, four female lawmakers from the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) attended parliament wearing headscarves, breaking a long taboo in the staunchly secular country.

The AKP has a comfortable majority in the 550-seat parliament with 327 deputies. There are a total of 79 female lawmakers.

Source: AFP

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