Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's wife Emine Erdogan attended a meeting organized by Istanbul Research Center on Women (IKAM) in cooperation with Turkey's Permanent Mission to the UN.
"Turkey has acquired a unique position in its region with reforms it made in the last years and with its high democratic standards. As a country with a majority of Muslim population, Turkey made successful reforms in universal human rights and democratization," she said.
"There is a serious problem about women's rights in the world. Women, especially in the under-developed countries, are subject to discrimination, violence, poverty and terror," she said.
Erdogan said that Turkish women proved that Islam and democracy, and tradition and modernity could co-exist, adding, "Turkey has gained more influence in its region as a democratic, secular and social state of law. Turkey has made great progress in education of women and women's participation in social, political and economic activities."
"In the last eight years, 80 universities were founded in Turkey. I believe that Turkey will be a brighter country in the future with its educated women," she concluded.
Erdogan also met with former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet who appointed as the first head of UN Women.