Turkey’s opposition Green Left Party (YSP) Women’s Assembly on Sept. 8 started Women's Conference, where proposals will be prepared to be presented during the party's grand congress to be held in October. The YSP is the successor party of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).
YSP Co-Spokesperson Çiğdem Kılıçgün Uçar made the opening speech of the 2-day conference, which is being held with the slogan of “We organize with our rebellion, we defend our freedom.”
Uçar pointed out that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is carrying out policies targeting women's gains and said: “One of the topics we will encounter most when the Parliament opens on October 1 will be probation. With this regulation, AKP releases women killers, harassment and rape perpetrators.”
Recalling the statements of Justice Minister Yılmaz Tunç about the need to make regulations regarding alimony, Uçar said, “The minister stated that they will intervene in the right to alimony, which we have achieved with a lot of effort. What he means is this: Alimony will not be given to women, there will be no return to the Istanbul Convention, and AKP and MHP will continue to usurp all the gains women have made in the struggle for equality and freedom. Of course, we will stand against this.”
On Kurdish question, Uçar added that “Is the Kurdish problem in Turkey really unsolvable? Does anyone have any suggestions for a solution to this issue? Of course, Mr. Abdullah Öcalan, who has been kept in isolation in İmralı (Island in prison) for a long time, has produced a solution to this issue. He is the only one who offers an honorable peace solution. He said 'If I am given the opportunity, I will solve this problem within a week.' The declaration of Mr. Öcalan in 2013 will continue to be in our memory.”