Hayrünnisa Gül

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Hayrünnisa Gül
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First Lady of Turkey
In role
August 28, 2007 – August 28, 2014
Preceded by Semra Sezer
Succeeded by Emine Erdoğan
Personal details
Born Hayrünnisa Özyurt
(1964-08-18) August 18, 1964 (age 53)
Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Spouse(s) Abdullah Gül (m. 1980)
Children Ahmed Münir, Mehmed Emre and Kübra

Hayrünnisa Gül (pronounced [ˌhajɾyˈnisa ˈɟyl]; née Özyurt, born August 18, 1964 in İstanbul)[1] was the 11th First Lady of Turkey,[2] as the wife of Abdullah Gül.

First lady of Turkey[edit]

On October 7, 2010, Gül became the first First Lady to address the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on issues faced by children and women.[3]

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.[4]

After seven years, on August 28, 2014, she left her office as first lady when Recep Tayyip Erdoğan became president.[5] Afterward, she publicly responded to criticism in regards to her husband, saying she would start a "real intifada."[6]

Personal life[edit]

Gül has two sons, Ahmed Münir and Mehmed Emre, and one daughter, Kübra.[7]