Emine Erdoğan

Emine Erdoğan
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First Lady of Turkey
Assumed office
28 August 2014
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Preceded by Hayrünnisa Gül
Personal details
Emine Gülbaran

(1955-02-21) 21 February 1955 (age 64)
Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey
Political party Justice and Development Party
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ( m.  1978)
Children 4 (inc. Ahmet Burak and Bilal)
Residence Presidential Palace (official)

Emine Erdoğan (born Emine Gülbaran; 21 February 1955) is the wife of President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the First Lady of Turkey.


Emine Erdoğan was born in Üsküdar, Istanbul. She is of Arab[1][2] descent, her family comes from the south-eastern province of Siirt[3] 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, Sümeyye, who married defense industrialist engineer Selçuk Bayraktar in May 2016,[4] Necmettin Bilal, and Esra.[5]

Political life

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

On 7 December 2010, Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani conferred the Pakistani Nishan-e-Pakistan on Emine Erdoğan, in recognition of her efforts for the flood-stricken people of Pakistan. In October 2010, Erdoğan visited Pakistan and the flood hit areas to witness the devastation caused by the floods and contributed significantly in the fund-raising campaign to help the country's flood victims.[6]

On 16 February 2011, Emine Erdoğan was presented with the "Prix de la Fondation" by the Crans Montana Forum at a ceremony in Brussels.[7]

First Lady Erdogan has played an active role in opposing child marriage, stating clearly that "Forced child marriage is clearly unacceptable under any conditions".[8]


Honorary titles
Preceded by
Hayrünnisa Gül
First Lady of Turkey

External links

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