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

(1956-02-21) 21 February 1956 (age 63)
Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey
Political party Justice and Development Party
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ( m.  1977)
Children 4 (inc. Ahmet Burak and Bilal)
Residence Presidential Palace (official)

Emine Erdoğan (born Emine Gülbaran; 21 February 1956) 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 descent, her family comes from the south-eastern province of Siirt[1] 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,[2] Necmettin Bilal, and Esra.[3]

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.[4]

On 16 February 2011, Emine Erdoğan was presented with the "Prix de la Fondation" by the Crans Montana Forum at a ceremony in Brussels.[5]

First Lady Erdogan has played an active role in opposing child marriage, stating clearly that "Forced child marriage is clearly unacceptable under any conditions".[6]


Honorary titles
Preceded by
Hayrünnisa Gül
First Lady of Turkey

External links

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