Turkey: Ankara to tackle violence against women

20 November, 11:36

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, NOVEMBER 20 - The Turkish government has cooperated with the EU to launch a project called the "Prevention of Domestic Violence against Women" with the aim of training rural security forces on the issue. The project, as Anadolu Agency reports, will be carried out by Turkey's Ministry of Family and Social Policies and Gendarmerie General Command in coordination with Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry of European Union. The program is co-financed by European Union and Turkey's EU Ministry with a total budget of 2.9 million euros. Within the scope of the project, Gendarmerie will train its own instructors in order to tackle the violence against women. Total of 10.000 community police will receive training on gender equality and combating violence against women in families. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the project that was held in Ankara Tuesday, Turkey's Minister of EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis said "the most brutal violence against women is to take away their freedom. The key to the European Union is in the hearts of our women." The opening ceremony started with the video presentation of the project in which the following mottos were underlined: "A life with no violence is the right of every woman" and "Violence is not a part of life." Minister of Family and Social Policies Fatma Sahin, Interior Minister Muammer Guler and European Union Turkey Delegation VP Béla Szombati also addressed in the ceremony. Between January-October in 2013, the Gendarmerie ensured protective cautionary decisions for about 4,000 women and reached out to nearly 20,000 others to give a helping hand. In Turkey every two out of five women are exposed to violence. (ANSAmed).

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