Feminists in Turkey

So let’s read this piece about violence against women in Turkey.

Feminists in Turkey have called on the rest of the world not to forget the original context of Instagram’s #challengeaccepted trend, which was supposed to draw attention to skyrocketing rates of gender-based violence in the country before it was co-opted by western celebrities.

Femicide, violence against women and so-called “honour” killings are deeply rooted issues in Turkey. Last week, the country was rocked by the brutal killing of Pınar Gültekin, a 27-year-old student, who was allegedly killed by an ex-boyfriend.

Why would that be? Funnily enough, the Guardian story doesn’t mention the word “Islam” or the word “religion.”

Campaigners are also deeply worried about fresh efforts by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling party to repeal a Council of Europe treaty known as the Istanbul convention, groundbreaking legislation from 2011 that protects victims of domestic and gender-based violence and effectively prosecutes offenders.

Interesting. What kind of authoritarian is Erdoğan? A theocratic kind. Erdoğan wants Turkey to be more theocratic, more Islamist, more governed by religious laws. Funnily enough those religious laws are very male-favoring and female-dominating, very patriarchal, very misogynist. It’s almost as if they were created by men.

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