Turkey: women's equality with men 'against nature', Erdogan

Turkish president during speech on women's rights and freedoms

24 November, 16:24

    Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, NOVEMBER 24 - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears set to anger women and rights groups in the country once again after voicing his strong objection to the equality of women and men, instead recommending what he called "equivalency." "When we are able to look at human beings from the point of view of justice, then the elimination of discrimination between women and men would be possible in a much more fair, humanly and conscientiously way. What do women need?" Erdogan said today, delivering a speech at an international gathering in Istanbul aimed at discussing women's rights and freedoms. "Sometimes, here they say 'men and women equality.' 'Equality among women' and 'equality among men' is the way of putting it correctly. However, what is particularly essential is women's equality before justice," Erdogan said at the Women and Justice Summit hosted by the Women and Democracy Association (KADEM) as reported by daily Hurriyet online. "Equality is turning the victim into an oppressor by force or vice versa.

    What women need is to be able to be equivalent, rather than equal," the president said. He also reiterated an argument he voiced in the past, announcing: "You cannot bring women and men into equal positions; that is against nature because their nature is different." "For example, in work life, you cannot impose the same conditions on a pregnant woman as a man," Erdogan said, using an example to illustrate his argument.

    Erdogan has consistently exhorted women to have at least three children, while also terming abortion "murder" and railing against Caesarian sections. (ANSAmed).

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