Women to organize mass rally in Kadıköy to protest proposals for recusal from the Istanbul Convention
A women's organization rooting for the Istanbul Convention will be holding a rally August 5 to protest consideration by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to recuse from the international treaty against domestic violence and discrimination.
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 newly established women's organization in the eastern province of Van has said that some 10 women have sought their help about domestic violence counselling in the last two months. STAR Women's Association has said that many women are reluctant to take official action due to lengthy and often ineffective legal procedures.
Some 215 women’s rights organizations started a campaign that urges parliament to eliminate all amnesty bills that could pardon sexual offenders of minors before they enter their summer break. Although there are currently no amnesty bills targeting this demographic, the platform of women’s organizations say that they find politicians’ comments that one will be drafted soon "concerning."
Turkish women organizations serving domestic violence victims have said that their helplines have had more calls since people began staying at home to stop the spread of the coronavirus. They have called on the government officials to remind the public that domestic violence victims will be protected no matter what the current agenda of the country is.