Erdogan's daughter supports Istanbul Convention

Conservatives want out of accord on violence against women

04 August, 12:31

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, AUGUST 4 - The daughter of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan supports the Istanbul Convention on violence against women. Following demonstrations held against pressure from conservatives that want Turkey to withdraw from the convention, the Muslim women's association KADEM has come out publicly in support of it. The vice president of the association is Sumeyye Erdogan Bayraktar, the daughter of the head of state. After its approval in 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey was the first country to ratify the protocol but it may now withdraw from it. In recent days, Turkish women's rights organisations have stepped up their activities in the streets and online. Underscoring the important of the convention in the protection of women against ''every type of violence'', the association also rejected allegations that it is in any way a threat to Turkey's traditional family values. In a statement, KADEM also denied that the convention legitimised homosexuality.

    There were some 474 femicides in 2019 in Turkey, according to a Turkish platform whose name translates as We Will Stop Femicides. (ANSAmed) (ANSA).

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