Who is Meral Bulut?
Meral Bulut is one of the female MP (Member of Parliament) candidates of Justice and Development Party in Turkey. Elections are going to be on June 12, 2011. The results of pre elections of the candidate MPs will be made on April 11. Meral Bulut is competing with 21 male and 6 female candidates from Afyonkarahisar, western city in Turkey.
Meral Bulut’s Background
Meral Bulut was born in 1968 in Afyonkarahisar / Emirdag/Turkey. She graduated from primary school in 1979 in Yukari Yenice village, from secondary school in 1982 in Dazkırı High School, and from Health Professions High School in 1986 in Denizli.
After high school education She started to study as an undergraduate student at Ataturk University in 1989 and graduated with BA degree from Faculty of Arts, Department of English Language and Literature in 1994. While working as an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) instructor at Firat University, she went on education life in the same field and graduated with MA from Firat University, Department of English Language and Literature in 2001. Additionally, she has participated a training course in ECTARC (European Center for Training and Regional Co-operation) in Wales, and many other training courses in the UK to promote her career. Currently, she has been continuing to study for Ph.D. at Kadir Has University, in American culture and literature Department.
She has worked 9 years as an academician at Firat university in Turkey. She had five years teaching experience in various high schools of Ministry of Turkish National Education. In addition to her teaching experience in Turkey, she worked as an Erasmus teacher at Utrecht School of the Art in the Netherlands, and at Pomerian School of Higher Education in Gdynia, Poland. Moreover she worked as an academician at Turkish Cultural Center in Jerusalem, Israel.
She is married to a professor of medicine for 17 years and has 2 sons.
Why does Meral Bulut want to be an MP in Turkish Parliament?
Meral Bulut's Answer:
"First of all, the percentage of male MPs in Turkish Parliament was higher than females until now. The imbalance between male and female MPs shows us that female ratio in the Parliament should increase immediately. Luckily, Justice and Development Party (AK Party) behaves quite sensitive to make balance of sex in the parliament and makes positive discrimination for females this time. One of the reasons I am competing on AK Party side is the positive political sense for women. I believe I can work under AK Paty umbrella to promote Turkish women welfare and democracy."