Fatma Şahin

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Fatma Şahin
Fatma Sahin - World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia 2012.jpg
Fatma Şahin at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa, and Eurasia in 2012
Mayor of Gaziantep
Assumed office
30 March 2014
Preceded by Asım Güzelbey
Minister of Family and Social Policy
In office
6 July 2011 – 25 December 2013
Preceded by Selma Aliye Kavaf
Succeeded by Ayşenur İslam
Member of the Grand National Assembly
In office
3 November 2002 – 7 June 2015
Constituency Gaziantep (2002, 2007, 2011)
Personal details
Born (1966-06-20) 20 June 1966 (age 52)
Gaziantep, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Political party Justice and Development Party (AKP)
Spouse(s) İzzet Şahin
Children 2
Education Chemical engineering
Alma mater Istanbul Technical University
Occupation Politician, engineer
Website www.fatmasahin.net

Fatma Şahin (born 20 June 1966 in Gaziantep) is a Turkish chemical engineer and politician. On 6 July 2011 she was appointed as the Minister of Family and Social Policies in the third cabinet of Erdoğan

She was born on 20 June 1966 in Gaziantep to Mustafa and Perihan Şahin. She was educated in chemical engineering at the Istanbul Technical University. Fatma Şahin worked as an engineer and manager in the textile industry.[1]

She entered politics together with her husband İzzet Şahin and co-founded the Justice and Development Party. Taking active part in the provincial organization, she was elected three times deputy from her hometown. She is the first female member of the Turkish parliament elected from Gaziantep and from the Southeastern Anatolia Region. Fatma Şahin served as the chairperson of women's branch of her party.[1][2][3][4]

Following the 2011 general elections, she became the only female minister in the third cabinet of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.[4] She was replaced by Ayşenur İslam on 25 December 2013 in a cabinet reshuffle.[5]

As a result of the 2014 local elections, Şahin was elected mayor of Gaziantep.[6]

She has two children, a son and a daughter.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Fatma Şahin" (in Turkish). TBMM. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Biyografi" (in Turkish). Fatma Şahin Official Website. Archived from the original on 8 August 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Kaya, Ahmet (6 July 2011). "'Ya anam bacım ne işin var senin bu kalabalıkta'". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "'Fatma Bacı' kabinenin tek kadın bakanı oldu". Radikal (in Turkish). 6 July 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Kabinedeki yeni bakanları tanıyalım". Haber7 (in Turkish). 25 December 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "2014 Yerel seçimin ilk kazananları". Bugun (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Selma Aliye Kavaf
Minister of Family and Social Policy
6 July 2011 – 25 December 2013
Succeeded by
Ayşenur İslam