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Turkish actor Ozan Güven has denied the charges that she battered former girlfriend Deniz Bulutsuz and in turn filed a criminal complaint against the woman. Turkish prosecutors have prepared an indictment seeking Bulutsuz's imprisonment for up to one year on the allegations that she attacked Güven.
A woman died in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir after witnessing a sexual assault on her daughter for several times. The rape survivor insists her mother's death was suspicious and says no legal action has been taken regarding her lawsuit despite her report of four cousins' systematic abuse.
A 29-year-old woman was slain by her fugitive convict husband whom she was trying to divorce. The murder came six days after the woman filed a complaint with the authorities, only to be told that the police would be "there in 5 minutes" if she ever needed them. Police arrived on the scene of the murder some 45 minutes after the family's phone call.
Some 50 women were killed in femicides or under suspicious conditions in Turkey in the month of August, We Will Stop Femicides Platform said on Sept. 1.
A Twitter account representing grocery workers urged the proper implementation of Istanbul Convention in an incident where a male customer attacked two female employees. The male customer is seen hitting two grocery workers repeatedly in a security video footage shared by the relevant Twitter account.
A prison guard killed a woman and crashed the car they were both riding to cover up the murder, Mesopotamia Agency reported on Aug. 31. The man was later arrested on murder charges as eyewitnesses reported him shooting Dilan Toptaş before the crash.
A Turkish musician who was taken off stage for saying that the "Istanbul Convention saves lives" released a statement where she referred to the release of rapist sergeant Musa Orhan one week after his arrest. "Meanwhile, I'm taken off stage for speaking up against these rapes and murders. What sort of a system is this?" Melek Mosso said in a statement about the incident.
Turkish gov’t voices readiness to listen to views of all women’s organizations about Istanbul Convention
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has said that its ready to listen to the views of all women's organizations about the Istanbul Convention, which aims to combat violence against women and from which the AKP seeks to withdraw. "We don't see a contradiction between protecting women and protecting family. We will neither abandon protecting women nor the family," AKP spokesperson Ömer Çelik said.
Women in Turkey started a social media campaign in favor of Istanbul Convention, a key piece of legislation that protects women's rights in Turkey. AKP's central board will discuss during a Central Executive Board (MYK) meeting whether Turkey should withdraw from Istanbul Convention.
Roma women in Turkey have united under the Roma Dialogue Network (RODA) in order to support the Istanbul Convention and inform other women about the situation. “Roma women, like all women who live with social gender inequality, are also faced with the inequality of being the 'other',” said Zero Discrimination Association President Elmas Arus.
Abortion is practically banned in Turkey, an academic who has been working on the issue has said, adding that majority of the public hospitals don't carry out abortion surgeries. According to Sedef Erkmen, public hospitals in 53 provinces don't carry out the said surgeries upon women's wills, while certain doctors do so in a limited amount of hospitals in the remaining provinces.
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.
Turkish women did four times as much household and care work as men during lockdowns aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), research supported by the United Nations Development Programme showed on Aug. 6. The gender gap in paid work narrowed under lockdown as a result of changes in work patterns and a fall in men's paid work hours, the research found.
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.
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.