The somewhat unexpected exhibition of a gender-based power struggle inside the political and social conservative circles could be indicative of substantial changes in this part of Turkish society. To personalize this in the current context of the ruling family in Turkey: on one side in this struggle is Bilal Erdoğan and on the other is his sister, Sümeyye Erdoğan.
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.
According to Turkey's presidential spokesperson Kalın “We were told other people’s tales under the guise of modernization. Now, it’s time to write of our own tale.” Just to avoid any sensationalism, let’s put it on the record that Mr. Kalın is no lunatic. That’s why his expression of his teenage dreams of accomplishing a full back-somersault must be taken for what it’s worth.
Conservative circles, including KADEM, regard the concept of equality as narrow and inadequate. According to them, the history of the world’s women’s rights movement has been rotating around a narrow and inadequate concept. Furthermore, they argue that women cannot exist without the family.
Women and Democracy Association (KADEM), of which President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's daughter Sümeyye Erdoğan Bayraktar is the deputy chair, said that the trend called "men should know their place, which aims to show men how their years-long sexism affect women, has come to a point that "harms our values."