Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and women in Turkey have been on the frontlines to fight for their hard-earned rights when it comes to protection against violence this year. #IDEVAW
Murders of women have increased by 1,400 percent between 2002 and 2009 in Turkey, and recent years have seen an average of 400 femicides a year.

According to the WHO, 38% of women in Turkey are subject to domestic violence. #OrangeTheWorld
Instead of advocating for women’s rights, Turkey’s President Erdoğan decided to withdraw from the ‘Istanbul Convention’ last July, which was the first legally binding instrument that “creates a comprehensive legal framework and approach to combat violence against women.”
Turkey was the first country to ratify the convention in 2012 and is now the first and only country to withdraw from it.
Erdoğan has promoted the controversial argument that “local laws” should be used to protect women’s rights, but women in Turkey continue to resist for their basic right of protection.

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25 Nov
This International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we honor the women who have heroically resisted patriarchy, capitalism, imperialism, fascism and colonialism and have sacrificed their lives to fight for a better and just world:

• Palestine, Spain, Vietnam
• United States, Cuba
Nicaragua, Algeria
• Italy, Guatemala
Soviet Union, Spain
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