Violence against women
Hale Gönültaş reports: A Yazidi woman who has been in captivity since 2014 was rescued from a home in Ankara. Abducted by an ISIS member in Iraq, the young woman was trafficked, eventually being tracked down by a family member.
Islamist columnist Abdurrahman Dilipak was slammed for insulting women within the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) who defend the Istanbul Convention. "Targeting women's individuality in social, legal and political issues is shameful," AKP Spokesperson Ömer Çelik said.
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.
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.
Murder of 27 year old fuels Turkey’s feminist rebellion: Don’t think about touching Istanbul Convention
Women around Turkey on July 22 protested the brutal murder of 27-year-old Pınar Gültekin by her ex-boyfriend, the latest in a series of femicides in the country, urging Ankara to not back away from the Istanbul Convention. Some officials from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) recently suggested Ankara's recusal from the international convention, sparking debate within the party itself, as well as nationwide.
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.
Women in Turkey reported more than 30,000 cases of domestic violence through the state's Women Support Application (KADES) in the past two years, main opposition deputy Gamze Akkuş Ilgezdi said. "The real data is much more overwhelming and portrays a much more devastating picture," she noted.
Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Mensur Işık was suspended from the party for the duration of an expulsion investigation the HDP Women's Assemblies are conducting into him. The deputy's wife had reported the assault to health workers on July 16, and a restraining order was issued against him.
Pro-Kurdish Democratic Peoples' Party (HDP) deputy Mensur Işık was issued a restraining order against his wife. The deputy's wife Ebru Işık reported the assault to health workers, who called the police.
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.
Over 100 scriptwriters have urged all producers and channels to take a stance against Turkish actor Ozan Güven after the actor beat his girlfriend Deniz Bulutsuz. "We feel obliged to refrain from judging people by their celebrity levels and being a partner in their crimes by saying, 'We know him, he wouldn't do such a thing.' The fact that a man is admired in the society and culture and arts environment doesn't guarantee that he will not inflict violence," they said.
AKP Group Deputy Chair Özlem Zengin has said that "women had no name" before the AKP came to power, prompting surprise among the opposition. "Women had no name in this country until the AKP came to power. Women built the AKP and that's why we, as the women and men in the party and our President, try to make life easier for women with the works that we carry out," Zengin said in parliament.