Women’s rights groups go to court
Her appeal was heard. An organization fighting for the rights of women and children in Turkey has already filed a suit against the government. The group is arguing that the president does not have the power to invalidate an international agreement that was passed by parliament, simply by decree.
Many in Turkey have little sympathy with President Erdogan’s decision to leave the convention, especially when considering the country’s high femicide rates. There is widespread criticism that too little is done to protect women in Turkey from violence.
Thanks to social media and women’s groups, the pressure is now being turned up on the government, which together with law enforcement authorities refuses to acknowledge that a problem even exists – despite that fact that 300 women were killed in Turkey last year alone, according to the organization “We will stop the murder of women.” An additional 171 deaths last year were flagged by the authorities as “suspicious.” Many of those deaths were registered as suspected suicides.