Economic research makes clear that bringing women into the economy would improve Turkey's economy across all fronts. And yet, Turkish women still hover at the bottom of OECD rankings for women in the workplace.
Forty-three transgender people have been killed in Turkey since 2008, the highest number in Europe, according to the group Transgender Europe. But most killings of LGBT members in Turkey go unreported.
The women's professional Euroleague playoffs are taking place right now in Istanbul and there are a lot of American players on the court. Three of them play for Spartak Vidnoje, a top team based in a small town south of Moscow.
Obeida Nahas is a spokesperson for the opposition Syrian National Council in Istanbul.
Nahas says he's pleased with Washington's recent promise to supply the rebels with communication gear, but he says the opposition needs more aid.
The Friends of Syria group met this weekend in Turkey. The members steered clear of backing opposition appeals for arms. They did agree to pay salaries of rebel fighters seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad.