Emine Erdoğan

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Emine Erdoğan
Emine Erdoğan, 2009 (cropped).jpg
First Lady of Turkey
Assumed office
28 August 2014
Preceded by Hayrünnisa Gül
Personal details
Born Emine Gülbaran
(1955-02-16) 16 February 1955 (age 60)
Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Political party Justice and Development Party
Spouse(s) Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (m. 1978)
Children Necmettin Bilal
Ahmet Burak
Residence Istanbul (private)
Presidential Palace (official)
Religion Sunni Islam

Emine Erdoğan (born 16 February 1955) is the wife of President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and current First Lady of Turkey.


Emine Erdoğan was born in Üsküdar, Istanbul. She is of ethnic Arab descent and the youngest child of a family of five children. She attended Mithat Paşa Akşam Art School, but left before graduation.

Erdoğan joined the "Idealist Women's Association". During these activities she met Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at a conference. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Emine Gülbaran married on 4 February 1978. The couple has four children: Ahmet Burak Erdoğan, Necmettin Bilal, Sümeyye and Esra.[1]

Honors and accolades[edit]

Emine Erdoğan meets with Michelle Obama in the Yellow Oval Room, White House, 8 December 2009

On 7 December 2010, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani conferred the Pakistani Nishan-e-Pakistan on Emine Erdoğan, in recognition of her personal efforts for the flood-stricken people of Pakistan. In October 2010, Erdoğan visited Pakistan and the flood hit areas to personally witness the devastation caused by the floods and contributed significantly in the fund-raising campaign to help the country’s flood victims.[2]

On 16 February 2011, Emine Erdoğan was presented with the "Prix de la Fondation" by the Crans Montana Forum at a ceremony in Brussels. "We believe that all women in the world deserve the utmost social and political opportunities. Rights of women in our geography should not be sacrificed for balance of power and security concerns of some regimes. We have seen numerous women who were left destitute after natural disasters in Pakistan, who suffered from poverty in Bangladesh, who lost their children, husbands, hope or future in Palestine, Iraq, Bosnia or in Darfur. We have seen many women who were abused both in the West and in the East. They all have one thing in common which is being a human and a woman. Therefore, I believe that our struggle for peace, democracy and freedom should continue with a great determination. I want to reiterate once again that we reject double-standards and discrimination in this struggle," Erdoğan said after receiving the prize from the founder and chairman of the Crans Montana Forum.[3]


  1. ^ "Emine Erdoğan". Biyografi (in Turkish). 15 October 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "PM confers Hilal-e-Pakistan award on Emine Erdogan". Associated Press of Pakistan. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Turkish PM's wife presented with women's award". Anatolian Agency. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Hayrünnisa Gül
First Lady of Turkey