Hayrünnisa Gül

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Hayrünnisa Gül
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First Lady of Turkey
In office
August 28, 2007 – August 28, 2014
Preceded by Semra Sezer
Succeeded by Emine Erdoğan
Personal details
Born Hayrünnisa Özyurt
(1965-08-18) August 18, 1965 (age 49)
Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Spouse(s) Abdullah Gül (m. 1980)
Children Ahmed Münir, Mehmed Emre and Kübra
Religion Sunni Islam

Hayrünnisa Gül (pronounced [ˌhajɾyˈnisa ˈɟyl]; née Özyurt, born August 18, 1965 in İstanbul)[1] was the 11th First Lady of Turkey.[2] She became the child bride of Abdullah Gül, the 11th President of Turkey, on August 20, 1980, when she was 15 and he was 30.[3] They have two sons (Ahmed Münir, Mehmed Emre) and one daughter (Kübra).[4]

First lady of Turkey[edit]

As First Lady of Turkey Madame Gül has initiated many social reforms through projects aimed at addressing issues such as education, health and women's rights.[5]

On October 7, 2010, Madame Gül became the first First Lady to address the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on issues faced by children and women. [6]

Madame Gül has also publicly spoken out against the imposition of the head scarf in Islamic countries upon young females who cannot make judgment for themselves.[7]

Full Style[edit]

Her Excellency[8] Madame[9][10][11] Hayrünnisa Gül, First Lady of Turkey, Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown (Netherlands)

Honours and awards[edit]

Other notable awardees of this honour have been Diana, Princess of Wales. It is given at the sole discretion of the Dutch monarch and not subject to ministerial responsibility or influence for "foreigners who have rendered special service to the Dutch King or his House"