Turkish lawmaker aims to bring the disabled out of the shadows

November 18, 2011

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(Courtesy of Safak Pavey)
Safak Pavey has been credited with engaging disenfranched Turks, from women to the disabled, in politics.

Though rapidly modernizing, Turkey is behind in offering basic rights to its 8.5 million disabled citizens.

Şafak Pavey, who lost an arm and a leg in a train accident in Switzerland, is the first disabled woman elected to parliament. She explains why she left her job as secretary of the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and returned home to give voice to Turkey's disabled.