Fatma Sahin

Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality

Fatma Şahin, Mayor of Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality/President of Union of Municipalities of Turkey.

Fatma Şahin was born in Gaziantep in 1966. In 1987, she received a BS degree in chemical engineering from Istanbul Technical University. From 1988 to 2001, Şahin worked as a plant engineer and plant manager at one of the leading companies of Turkey.

At the general elections held in November 2002, Fatma Şahin was elected to the Parliament; and was re-elected at the consecutive general elections held on July 22nd of 2007. During her tenure as parliamentarian, Fatma Şahin became a member of Turkish-EU Joint Parliamentary Commission and served as the Chairwoman to Morals and Decency Murders Commission and Research Commission of Violence against Children.

Fatma Şahin is the first female Deputy of the Parliament for Gaziantep and Southeastern Anatolia region. During the course of her tenure, Fatma Şahin assumed a variety of duties at the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) such as Vice-Chairwoman of the Party and the member of Central Executive Committee and acted as the Chairwoman for Women Branches of AK Party between 2007 and 2011. After the 2011 general election, Fatma Şahin was appointed as the Minister of Family and Social Policies as the only woman Minister at the Cabinet.

Between the years of 2016 and 2019, Fatma Şahin acted as the President of UCLG-MEWA (United Cities Local Governments – Middle East and Western Asia) and is the current President of AMF (Asian Mayors Forum) and Union of Municipalities of Turkey. Mrs. Şahin was elected as the Mayor for Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality for the term of March 2014 – March 2019 and was re-elected to serve another term until 2024. She is married and has two children.