Turkish Mayor Berivan Kilic speaks with residents at a market in her town Kocakoy. Photo by Tara Todras-Whitehill

Turkey’s female mayors pledge to prioritize women’s issues

This piece originally appeared on Al Jazeera America with beautiful photos from Tara Todras-Whitehill. When Berivan Kilic strolls through her local market, her neighbors — women especially — flock to her. She holds an elderly woman’s creased hands as they exchange greetings. Her gentle smile exudes compassion. Some consider Kilic a local heroine: The 33-year-old…

A new player enters Turkey’s social media space

I got to talking to The World‘s Marco Werman about AKPitter.com: an alternative to Twitter in Turkey. You can listen to our conversation above, or to the entire episode here. Claire Lancaster produced the segment and wrote the following article on Turkey’s current social media landscape: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan picked a fight with the Internet last…

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Selling the candidates in Turkey one song at a time

(Photo Credit: Jodi Hilton) The original broadcast on PRI’s The World. On Sunday, Turkish citizens will vote for their local government officials. Much like in the US, major cities such as Istanbul and Ankara are battlegrounds for opposing political parties. But unlike in the US, campaigns here sound different. Vans decked out with political party…

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Changing society with the help of a gym

(The sign on the door reads: MEN CANNOT ENTER!) It used to be pretty rare to see women working out in Turkey – Bedriye Hulya set out to change that when she opened her first gym in 2006. The gyms are exclusively franchised to women who in turn employ female trainers and other personnel, empowering…