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Figen Yüksekdağ


Figen Yüksekdağ

Figen Yüksekdağ Şenoğlu
Chairwoman of the Peoples' Democratic Party
Assumed office
22 June 2014
Serving with Selahattin Demirtaş
Preceded by Ertuğrul Kürkçü
& Sebahat Tuncel
Member of the Grand National Assembly
Assumed office
7 June 2015
Constituency Van (June 2015)
Leader of the Socialist Party of the Oppressed
In office
29 January 2010 – 7 September 2014
Preceded by party established
Succeeded by Sultan Ulusoy
Personal details
Born 1971
Adana, Turkey
Political party Socialist Party of the Oppressed
Peoples' Democratic Party

Figen Yüksekdağ Şenoğlu[1][2] (born 1971) is the current co-leader of the left-wing Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) of Turkey as of 2014, serving alongside Selahattin Demirtaş.


Yüksekdağ was born in Gölovası, Yumurtalık, Adana Province, into an ethnically Turkish family.[3] She is often assumed to be Kurdish or Alevi, however her family are Sunni Turks.[4]

She was an independent parliamentary candidate for the Adana electoral district in the 2002 general election. She was involved in women's rights movements for several years before becoming the editor of the Socialist Woman magazine. While serving on the board of the Atılım newspaper, she was taken into custody in 2009 due to her political activity. She cofounded the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP)[5] shortly after in 2010 and resigned as leader in 2014 to join the HDP, with which the ESP merged later the same year. During the second ordinary congress of the HDP, she was elected the co-leader of the HDP.[6]

See also


  1. ^ ESP Genel Başkanı; Figen Yüksekdağ
  3. ^ Laura Secorun Palet (6 April 2015). "Meet Figen Yüksekdağ, Turkey's Political Firestarter". Huffigton Post. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Pinar Tremblay (11 February 2015). "Kurdish women’s movement reshapes Turkish politics". Al-Monitor. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Yvo Fitzherbert (21 July 2015). "Suruç massacre: today we mourn, tomorrow we rebuild". Roar Magazine. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "ESP'nin Genel Başkanı Bir Kadın: Figen Yüksekdağ - kadın-lgbti". Bianet - Bagimsiz Iletisim Agi. 

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