On the 10th Anniversary of the Istanbul Convention SPOT sends solidarity to the hundreds of thousands of women in Turkey fighting back against the Turkish State’s attacks on women’s rights and gender equality.
Violence against women has intensified during the Covid-19 pandemic in Turkey and gender inequality has been rife, with women workers more likely to be in low paid insecure jobs, sacked, discriminated, and forced to work overtime. Particularly after the outbreak of Covid-19 we have heard from women in Turkey, how they have been forced into the home into ever more difficult domestic violence situations, which have been compounded by challenges relating to childcare and increasing debts.
In these circumstances the Istanbul Convention provides desperately needed protections and safeguards for women in Turkey, and SPOT condemns Erdogan’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention by Presidential Decree on 20 March.
As SPOT we stand with the women in Turkey fighting for their right to safety, justice, liberty and equality at home, in society and at work. The Women’s movement in Turkey is an inspiration to us here in the UK.
As SPOT we support your demands for the reinstatement of the Istanbul Convention, and call on the UK Government to end its silence on the Turkish state’s attacks gender equality, perpetuation of violence against women and girls, exploitation and discrimination of women in the workplace, and criminalisation of the women’s movement.
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