The programs come in response to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s request for more female participation in local government, said Fatma Şahin, head of the AKP Women's' Unit.
Şahin, an MP for Gaziantep, said that a conference on ‘The Importance of Women in Local Government and Local Development’ would be held following the referendum.
Women account for only 18 of Turkey's 3500 mayors. Nine belong to the DTP (Democratic Society Party) and hold office in the southeast. The AKP has only two female mayors, in the Doğankent district of Giresun and the Yeşilköy district of Hatay. Songül Erol Abdil, the mayor of Tunceli, is the country's lone provincial chairwoman.