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There is still a long road ahead to reach a change in mentality in Turkish society, blast centuries-old traditions and finally liberate women completely, so they could participate in every aspect of society equally with men.
For example, However, when it comes to mentality and values in society even significant changes don’t come overnight.
Turkish architect, city planner, publisher, leading activist of the “Second Wave” feminist movement in Turkey Nurser Öztunali (1947-1999) joined leftist women who publicly defined themselves as feminists and carried out feminist political activity in the 1980s.
Öztunali was among the 35 women in Istanbul who set up “Women’s Circle Publications” in 1984 where feminist books and articles were translated and published with the aim of raising women’s awareness of women’s issues and sexism in Turkish society.
During the 1980s and 1990s, the rise of the feminist movement was exemplified by the publication of over 100 women’s magazines and periodicals and with the establishment of women’s organizations and the opening of women’s studies departments at a number of major universities.
Since the 1990s and into the 2000s there has been a rise in what has been termed ‘project feminism’.