Many women in Turkey are still in shock about the fact that their country has withdrawn from the Istanbul Convention. Thousands of women in Turkey have taken to the streets in protest. Young and old, religious or conservative. They are outraged over Erdogan’s reneging of the landmark agreement, at a time when violence against women is on the rise. President Erdogan claims he made the move to protect families in Turkey.
The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, better known as the Istanbul Convention, is a human rights treaty of the Council of Europe against violence against women and domestic violence which was opened for signature on May 11, 2011, in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkey was the first state to ratify the convention, but President Erdogan quit the treaty in March. President Erdogan’s spokesperson, Fahrettin Altun, argued that the Istanbul Convention’s original intention of promoting women’s rights had been “hijacked by a group of people attempting to normalise homosexuality” and that it was incompatible with Turkey’s social and family values.
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