Thirty two women were killed by men during the month of July in Turkey. Fifty nine percent of the women killed by men in July were murdered by their current or ex-husbands. Femicides in Turkey have more than doubled within the past decade during the tenure of the ruling AKP.
Islamist platform to no longer submit advisory report to gov’t on Istanbul Convention amid public reaction
Turkey Thinking Platform has announced that it will no longer submit any advisory report to the government on Istanbul Convention. The platform said that they entered a “mine field” with their May-dated report which urged President Erdoğan to withdraw from the landmark convention.
A pro-government women's rights organization has voiced support to the Istanbul Convention, which aims to combat violence against women and from which the Turkish government seeks to withdraw. In its statement, KADEM responded to widely-known false facts about the convention, especially on it including "LGBT propaganda," saying that it doesn't promote homosexuality.
Dozens of celebrities all over the world, including Ellie Goulding, Christina Aguilera, Milla Jovovich and many more, have posted black and white pictures of themselves to voice solidarity with victims of femicides in Turkey. The trend began after women in Turkey said that they don't want to see their pictures in black and white in newspapers after they are killed.
Istanbul's Beşiktaş district is displaying billboards that urge viewers to read the Istanbul Convention, an international document that provides women with legal protection against domestic violence and discrimination. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) recently suggested Turkey might recuse from the document, causing public outcry.
Turkish Court of Cassation seeks reduction of sentence for perpetrator in femicide case over ‘lack of loyalty’
The Turkish Court of Cassation has sought a reduction of sentence for the perpetrator in a femicide case, citing the murdered woman's "lack of loyalty." In its justified decision, the court said the slain woman's "violation of the obligation of loyalty that's imposed on spouses by the Turkish Civil Code" should be taken into account.
Former prime minister Tansu Çiller's daughter-in-law Zeynep Çiller has filed a complaint against her husband Mert Çiller over violence. Zeynep Çiller filed for divorce and requested custody of her children after months long physical and psychological violence of Mert Çiller, daily Sözcü reported on July 23.
Report prepared to urge Erdoğan to withdraw from Istanbul Convention includes archaic remarks on gender
A report prepared by a group of Islamists to urge President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, which aims to combat violence against women, includes archaic remarks on gender. According to the report, the convention aims to damage the religious, social and cultural codes of the society and weaken the institution of family rather than providing gender equality.
Turkish people who support withdrawing from the Istanbul Convention, which aims to combat violence against women, mistake it for the Montreux Convention, a poll has revealed. According to the poll, some 52 percent of the participants didn't know the content of the Istanbul Convention.
Turkey on July 21 mourned brutal killing of Pınar Gültekin by her ex-boyfriend Cemal Metin Avcı. The burned body of Gültekin was found in a forest area in Muğla. The young woman had been missing since July 16 and her family had sought help from authorities after being unable to reach her.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been seeking ways to amend the Istanbul Convention via sending a letter of intention that includes its objections. Women's rights groups continue to slam the debate on the convention and requested a meeting with President Erdoğan and AKP lawmakers.
The Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) has called on the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to not withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, saying that it's a strong promise given to women in Turkey and the world. "Let's not break this promise," it said.
A non-governmental women's platform urged the government to stop proceedings on a legal amendment that would grant amnesty to sexual predators. The platform also urged the government to not consider recusing from the Istanbul Convention, an international treaty against domestic violence and violence against children.
A 27-year-old woman was found dead in her hometown a week after her husband forced her to return to eastern Bingöl from a shelter in Istanbul, more than 1200 kilometers away. The husband, Osman Topal, was detained.
A Turkish public prosecutor ruled sexual assault threats against journalist Nevşin Mengü, politician Canan Kaftancıoğlu, lawyer Feyza Altun and actress Berna Laçin were "harsh criticism." The court said they didn't have legal grounds to prosecute the defendant for making a threat.