Women in Turkey
Turkey needs to create a new economic narrative. Several problems, old and new, have been squeezing the basics of the country's economy of late. In addition to escalating security concerns, problems in the judicial system and the media climate, as well as economic woes in Turkey's oil-exporting markets, have worsened the situation.
Despite the fact that it is generally now romanticized into just another commercial day like Mother's Day or Valentine's Day, March 8 "Women's Day" was originally called "International Working Women's Day." The U.N. and other international organizations for gender equality, as well as national institutions across the world, now use the day to increase awareness of the subject.
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Aytu? At?c? has submitted a law proposal to parliament demanding an increase in the penalties for convicts who commit crimes against women.
The law proposal, dubbed the "Özgecan Law" after murdered 19-year-old university student Özgecan Aslan, called on parliament to increase the penalties in sexual assault cases.
Enough, this is enough. At this point, words fail. But this barbarity, this perversion, does not seem to fail. There is a new femicide every day; there is a new rape every day.
It was only last weekend when a 19-year-old girl was raped near Ba?dat Street, a prestigious street on the Anatolian side of Istanbul and the street by which she lived.
The education and rights of girls were discussed at a conference in Istanbul titled "Empowered Girls, Strong Tomorrows," participated in by the Ayd?n Do?an Foundation and representatives from the United Nations.
The conference was held to mark the U.N.'s International Day of the Girl Child, which aims to promote girls' rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.