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Selma Aliye Kavaf

Selma Aliye Kavaf
Minister of State
(Responsible for Women and Family Affairs)
In office
1 May 2009 – 6 June 2011
Preceded by Nimet Çubukçu
Succeeded by Office abolished
President of the Women's Branch
of the Justice and Development Party
In office
2002 – 1 May 2009
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by Fatma Şahin
Personal details
Born (1962-07-01) 1 July 1962
Denizli, Turkey
Political party Justice and Development Party (AKP)
Alma mater Ankara University
Religion Islam

Selma Aliye Kavaf (born 1 July 1962) is a Turkish politician. She is the former Minister of State Responsible for Women and Family Affairs, and a member of parliament for Denizli of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Early life and career

Kavaf has graduated from the Turcology department of Ankara University Language, History and Geography Faculty. She has worked as a teacher both in public and private schools for seven years.

Political career

Kavaf has joined the politics in 2002 after the foundation of Justice and Development Party. After the elections, Kavaf was promoted as the Founder General Presidency of Women's Branch of the Justice and Development Party. It is first women organization of a Turkish political party in institutional sense.

In the elections of 2007, Kavaf was elected as a member of parliament. She is the first female MP from Denizli. On 1 May 2009, she was appointed as State Minister Responsible for Women and Family in the second cabinet of Erdoğan. She has stated that she opposes homosexuality, in her own words: "I believe homosexuality is a biological disorder, a disease. It needs to be treated."[1] Her remarks sparked controversy and were protested by anti-homophobia activists[2] in Turkey.[3]

External links

  • (Turkish) Selma Aliye Kavaf – Official Website
  • (Turkish) Biography of Selma Aliye Kavaf at AK Party


  1. ^ 'Homosexuality is a disease' says Turkish minister, " Hürriyet, March 7, 2010.
  2. ^ Turkish activists want minister tried for derogatory comments on gays, " Deutsche Welle, 16 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Activists protest Turkish minister's remarks about gays," Hürriyet, 15 April 2010.
Political offices
New title
Office established
President of the Women's Branch of the
Justice and Development Party

2002 – 1 May 2009
Succeeded by
Fatma Şahin
Preceded by
Nimet Çubukçu
Minister of State
(Responsible for Women and Family Affairs)

1 May 2009 – 6 June 2011
Succeeded by
Fatma Şahin
as Minister of Family and Social Policy
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