Women’s Rights In Turkey

Women’s Rights In Turkey

Women’s Rights In Turkey

What a difficult story to read, given the account on the state of women’s rights in Turkey given the substantial efforts to achieve equality and security for millions of women. Turkey’s government has not only adopted far-reaching legislation that strengthens the authorities’ ability to prevent and prosecute violence against women, but it has also taken steps to ensure full implementation of these laws.They have intensified training and held numerous symposia and workshops, and even launched a broad public education program to raise awareness about women’s violence.

 

In Instanbul, a 37-year-old mother of two, has lived on the run for 15 years, ever since her abusive husband tracked her down, broke down her door and shot her in the leg six times after she refused to return to him. According to the women, she said her husband had since kidnapped her mother and stabbed her brother, trying to force them to reveal her whereabouts. She repeatedly turned to the police. But, she said, they chided her to return to her husband. On one account, after her husband came to pick her up at the police station, she said she heard an officer advise him to break her legs so she could not escape.

To read more about the articles, please visit: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A05EED71F39F93AA15757C0A9649D8B63&ref=domesticviolence

and http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/03/opinion/womens-rights-in-turkey.html?ref=domesticviolence

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