03 October 2017 09:11

Women went onto the streets: These laws can’t be passed like this

Women went on to the streets in many cities in Turkey to protest the draft bill that gives religious leaders, the right to solemnise marriages.


Representatives of dozens of women’s rights groups came together and held a press statement in parliament protesting a proposed bill which gives muftis power to solemnise marriages and criticising the government for not consulting women’s organisations for the
proposed changes in the Aggrieved Person’s Rights Law, which they think may affect women adversely.

On the opening day of the parliament women from various rights groups wanted to have a demonstration near parliament but were prevented by police. Then with the intervention and support of some Members of Parliament from the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP), they were taken in to parliament premises for a press statement.

Last Sunday, women took the streets in many cities in protest of the proposed changes, chanting ‘For an equal and free life, these bills can’t be passed in the parliament like this!’
Dozens of women’s rights organisations, as well as women from political parties, trade unions and professional organisations marched on the streets in Istanbul, Adana, Ankara, Antakya, Bursa, Balikesir, Bodrum, Eskisehir, Izmir, Kocaeli, Manisa, Trabzon, Hopa and Mersin.

The draft bill is called Aggrieved Person’s Rights Law (Mağdur Hakları Yasası) regulates the issues specifically regarding a child’s personal relation with the father between parents who are in the process of divorce/separation or live separately due to domestic violence.

Women’s rights organisations are concerned that these regulations will increase violence and death threats against women who are trying to escape that spiral of violence. (EVRENSEL DAILY)

Women protests in Turkey
Women protest the draft bill that gives religious leaders, the right to solemnise marriages.