Erdogan defends himself after Turkish women's group demonstration

Erdogan defends himself after Turkish women's group demonstration

President Tayyip Erdogan has defended his decision to withdraw Turkey from the International Treaty on the Protection of Women or the Istanbul Convention. Erdogan defended himself after being criticized by the Western world and protested by Turkish women's groups.


UMMATIMES - "Some have tried to portray our withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention as a step back in our fight against violence against women," Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara.

Erdogan ensured that the withdrawal did not mean his government had stopped protecting women. "Our struggle did not start with the Istanbul Convention and will not end with our withdrawal from the treaty," he said.

The Istanbul Convention, signed in 2011, commits its signatories to preventing and prosecuting domestic violence and promoting equality. Erdogan announced Turkey's withdrawal from the agreement in March 2021, preferring to use Turkey's own laws to protect women.

The court rejected the application to cancel the withdrawal. Turkey's withdrawal from the agreement took effect Thursday (1/7). As a result, thousands of Turks, especially women, took to the streets to protest against it.

Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention has also drawn criticism from the United States and the European Union. In fact, critics say the withdrawal has made Turkey even more out of sync with the European Union.