On the "Annual Activity Report 2013 by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights - 08.04.2014 - Gülsün Bilgehan, Ayşe Gülsün Bilgehan, CHP Ankara Milletvekili

On the "Annual Activity Report 2013 by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights - 08.04.2014

2014 Ordinary Session-Thirteenth sitting-Tuesday 8 April 2014

On the "Annual Activity Report 2013 by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

Ms BİLGEHAN (Turkey)* – Commissioner, I congratulate you on your work and I am pleased to learn that the number of your subscribers on Twitter has doubled. Several million users of social media in Turkey have been deprived of their access to information, as you probably know, but I was surprised to note that there is almost nothing in the report that is devoted to combating violence against women, and the difficult situation that women are in in general.

About Gülsün Bilgehan

Born in Ankara on 25th of February 1957, Gülsün Bilgehan is the granddaughter of İsmet İnönü, the 2nd President of Turkey who was among the founders of the Republic.

A graduate of Department of International Relations of Paris Institute of Political Studies, she was elected as the Member of Parliament for Ankara from Republican People’s Party, in 2002.

Meanwhile, she served in Council of Europe of which Turkey is a founding member and as the Chairperson of Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

She received “Woman Writer of the Year Award” by United Women's Organizations of İstanbul and “Abdi İpekçi Award” for the two volume books titled “Mevhibe” depicting Turkish War of Independence and the establishment of Turkish Republic from the point of view of her grandmother Mevhibe İnönü.

She was awarded the “Pro Merito” medal of PACE and “Legion D’Honneur” of  France.

She was reelected as the Member of Parliament for Ankara from Republican People’s Party in 2011 and assigned the Chairperson of Socialist Women Working Group at PACE.

In January 2015, she was reelected as the Chairperson of Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination and held the title for one more term.  She was assigned the Chairperson of Sub-Committee on Media and Information Society of PACE in March 2016 and re-elected for a second term in January 2017. 

She remains the member of Turkish Delegation of PACE.

On 7th of June and 1st of November 2015 general elections, Bilgehan was reelected as the Member of Parliament for Ankara from Republican People’s Party. She was nominated the candidate for the Speaker of Turkish Grand National Assembly by unanimously of the members of parliament of Republican People’s Party.  

Married with three children, Bilgehan speaks advanced level of French and English.