Perpetrators, now, know that no matter what they do, they will not be punished. They will walk free; at worst, they will be sentenced to the minimum penalty. They know how to convey certain messages to certain people. The worst part is that it is the government that taught them these clues over time.
Women in Turkey tried to directly communicate with President Erdoğan and convey their demands through the Presidential Communications Center. In a period of 30 days, from the replies we received, we understand that our demands were not sent to the president.
Some 350 Turkish and Greek women, primarily academics, intellectuals and actors, have signed a petition calling for an “end” to the dangerous escalation between the two countries. “The rhetoric of conflict and potential conflicts threaten not only the security of the citizens of both countries but also the entire region. As women, we are saying ‘stop’ to this dangerous acceleration,” the women said in their statement.
Turkey's Constitutional Court (AYM) ruled that a woman's right to protection was violated when courts dragged on an abortion proceeding, resulting in the woman having to give birth. The woman had been petitioning to terminate a pregnancy that resulted from a sexual assault she survived as a minor.
One good way to gauge how the feminist movement has transformed commonsense perceptions of gender in Turkey is to look at the entertainment industry. Recent statements by Turkish celebrities show an increasing willingness to speak out on issues long raised by feminist activists.
Special sergeant Musa Orhan raped I.E, a young woman who later committed suicide after being hospitalized for more than a month. I.E’s tragic death bears the failings of the Turkish judicial system as well as that of the Kurdish issue.
AKP Old Guard’s oppressive statements on women and their glorification of the family at the expense of women no longer sit well with the young conservatives, particularly women.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan "must regret uniting women in opposition," Metropoll Director Prof. Özer Sencar said. The debate about the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) suggestion to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention fueled protests nationwide, triggered also by the murder of 27-year-old Pınar Gültekin by her ex-boyfriend.
Turkey's parliament speaker Mustafa Şentop, from the ruling AKP, has said that there is no need for Turkey to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, an international accord designed to protect women. Şentop's comments came as the AKP is considering whether to pull Turkey out of the convention, alarming campaigners who see the pact as key to combating rising domestic violence.
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.
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.
Nilüfer Bulut writes: Forced Islamization was one of the methods of survival during what Armenians call “Medz Yeghern,” the great catastrophe. Professor Zerrin Kurtoğlu Şahin says that by complying with the imposition of Islamization, these Armenians (mostly women and children) were assured their biological existence, but their cultural and social connections were ripped away.
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.
Once-bustling Istanbul office of Turkey’s EU Affairs Ministry turns into a shisha cafe; thousands apply for an ad that seeks “gigolos for rich older women” and an online campaign #womenempoweringwomen turns to a “mirror mirror on the wall” contest.
A lot has changed both in Turkey and in Turkey's main opposition CHP in the last decade. Following the recent congress of the CHP, I interviewed the 27-year-old lawyer Sevgi Kılıç who became the first woman with a headscarf to make it into the party assembly.