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Bridging the gender gap

In recent years Turkey has attracted a lot of favourable attention, as a model of a moderate, Muslim democracy, and as one of the world's fastest-growing economies.

But there are areas where development in Turkey lags behind, most strikingly the status of women.

The government has improved the legal rights of women, but critics say their advancement is still blocked by conservative Islamic values.

To mark international Women's Day, and as part of the BBC's Extreme World series, Jonathan Head sent this report from Istanbul.

  • 08 Mar 2011
  • From the section Europe
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