Gender equality and Turkey’s 2023 goals

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Emine Bozkurt – Hurriyet Dailey News – Wednesday, 18 September 2013 (originally published 16 Sept)

2023 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Turkish Republic. The symbolism of this date has led to 2023 being set as the “deadline” for many financial, political, and social targets. However, any growth needs to be social for it to be sustainable.

The fundamental question is how to prevent, prosecute, and eliminate violence against women. As long as violence against women is widespread and accepted, there can be no genuine mention of gender equality. The Law on the Protection of Family and the Prevention of Violence against Women has brought major improvements to the protection system. It is of utmost importance that the authorities are very well aware of this new system. For this reason, training should be provided for police officers, prosecutors, judges, and health personnel. Unfortunately, it is still very common for police officers not to take the complaints of women seriously when it comes to domestic violence.

A zero-tolerance policy toward violence against women is needed – one which encompasses effective measures against honor killings, including research to be conducted on female suicides . . .

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